The House of Representatives kicked off its annual funding season this week by passing the first of twelve appropriations bills under an open rule, which provided transparent debate and unlimited amendments.
The Commerce, Justice, Science fiscal year 2013 bill funds the departments of Commerce and Justice as well as science related federal agencies at three percent below the amount designated for 2012. This funding level is consistent with the House-passed budget resolution that cuts spending by $5 trillion relative to the president's budget.
House appropriators focused resources on fighting crime, boosting innovation, promoting competitiveness and investing in scientific research. These priorities reflect my goal of making America more competitive in the global export market through promoting manufacturing, engineering and technology jobs.
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