Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- José Serrano, Ranking Member
- Derek Kilmer, Washington
- Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania
- Grace Meng, New York
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Justice
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Science Foundation
- Related Agencies
- Commission on Civil Rights
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- International Trade Commission
- Legal Services Corporation
- Marine Mammal Commission
- Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Office of the United States Trade Representative
- State Justice Institute
June 19, 2018 Press Release
House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee Ranking Member José E. Serrano (D-NY), Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Homeland Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) today sent a letter to their Republican counterparts demanding a hearing on the use of federal funds for the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
There are still many other problems that our side believes need to be addressed. As in past years, there are several riders having to do with guns that are made permanent in this bill. In addition, the majority has once again added a rider to prevent the reporting of multiple long gun purchases along the border, as well as an unnecessary Cuba related rider affecting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Democrats are willing to work together to put forward reasonable bills that make sound investments in our law enforcement, our research capabilities, and our safety. However, to be reasonable, those bills must be free from poison pill riders and must adequately fund vital programs.
July 13, 2017 Press Release
The 2018 CJS Appropriations bill fails to fund priorities critical to communities, including the COPS hiring program, economic development investments, legal representation for low-income Americans, and climate research, while including divisive riders relating to firearms and U.S. policy toward Cuba.
I wish we could be here in other circumstances. After scorekeeping adjustments, the bill includes an approximately 1 percent cut from last year’s funding level in the Omnibus. This funding level is inadequate given the key roles that the agencies under this subcommittee play in securing our nation, promoting economic development, and ensuring our leadership in scientific endeavors.
Within this bill, while several items are funded at decent levels, there are a great many other items of serious concern. For instance, while the COPS program deceptively shows an increase of $12.5 million, resources and responsibilities have been shifted to create an illusion of robust funding all while eliminating the COPS Hiring Program.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
The President’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes $7.8 billion for the Department of Commerce, which is a $1.4 billion or 15 percent decrease from the 2017 enacted level. This level of funding endangers these core missions at the Department.
February 28, 2017 Press Release
Given the news yesterday that Donald Trump will propose dramatically slashing domestic spending, there is no doubt that important priorities are in danger.