HR 5393: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 provides FY2017 appropriations to the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice (DOJ), science agencies, and several related agencies.

The bill funds agencies with a wide range of responsibilities for issues such as: addressing violent crime, drug trafficking, financial fraud, terrorism, espionage, and cybercrime; conducting the census; forecasting the weather; managing fisheries; exploring space; advancing science; providing legal services for the poor; enforcing employment discrimination laws; and overseeing patents, trademarks, and trade policy.

The bill increases overall FY2017 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies funding above FY2016 levels.

Compared to FY2016 levels, the bill increases funding for DOJ and science programs while decreasing funding for the Department of Commerce.

Within the Department of Commerce budget, the bill:

  • increases funding for the Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau; and
  • decreases funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Departmental Management.

Future funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) would be cut by $57 million cut, although the bill would boost NSF research funds—in spite of an overall reduction for the agency.

HR 5393 was passed by the House Appropriations Committee on June 7, 2016.