Statement : Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

July 30, 2020 Statement
"This package prioritizes the lives and livelihoods of the American people, and makes the strong investments needed to build a stronger future for every person."
July 14, 2020 Statement
"To the bill before us, as we confront the twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism, the American people are demanding action to build safer and stronger communities for all people. The fiscal year 2021 CJS appropriations bill recognizes and acts on the urgent need for meaningful police reform, racial justice, and the defense of civil rights for every American. Strong funding in this bill would support law enforcement reform at the state and local level while catalyzing economic development in disadvantaged communities that is fundamental to a more just and equitable society."
July 14, 2020 Statement
"The fiscal year 2021 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill includes a total of $71.473 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is a 1.7 billion dollar decrease below last year’s level. This reflects a natural decline due to decreased needs associated with the completion of the 2020 Census. That said, at this funding level, the bill sustains strong increases to invest in promoting economic development, reducing gun violence, addressing climate change, sustaining scientific leadership, and implementing police accountability and police reform."
July 8, 2020 Statement

WASHINGTON — Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's markup of its fiscal year 2021 bill:

July 8, 2020 Statement
"At a time when we must restore Americans’ faith in law enforcement, the Commerce, Justice, Science bill provides strong funding increases to promote civil rights and improve police practices throughout the country, including more than $500 million in federal grants for states and localities to carry out police reform initiatives."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"I would be remiss if I did not mention the inadequacy of the Department’s budget request in a number of important areas that have bipartisan support. I think that many of the proposed cuts in the Commerce Department’s request show a disregard for the tens of millions of Americans and American businesses who are helped by these programs."
March 4, 2020 Statement
"This year, we will hear from a bipartisan group of Members, all of whom will be asking for further investments by this subcommittee. I think it is instructive that on days like this, we are never asked to cut funding for programs or agencies, only to increase them. It shows the important role that the federal government plays in driving technological innovation, economic development, scientific research, a fair justice system, and public safety."
October 16, 2019 Statement
"Overall, I remain extremely concerned by the proposed advancement by four years of this mission. The eyes of the world are upon us. We cannot afford to fail. Therefore, I believe that it is better to use the original NASA schedule of 2028 in order to have a successful, safe, and cost-effective mission for the benefit of the American people and the world."
September 19, 2019 Statement
"Notwithstanding Congressional action in providing robust funding for STEM, the Trump Administration persists in trying to eliminate or reduce funding for STEM programs in both NASA and NSF, respectively. Since January 2017, there has been a consistent effort to undermine the Federal agencies that make the United States the world leader in science and technology."
September 10, 2019 Statement
"I believe that CRS’s work is unique and needed, especially at this time in our nation’s history. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration does not appear to agree with this assessment."