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Monday, October 18, 2010

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: FY2011 Appropriations

Nathan James, Coordinator
Analyst in Crime Policy

Oscar R. Gonzales, Coordinator
Analyst in Economic Development Policy

Jennifer D. Williams, Coordinator
Specialist in American National Government

This report provides an overview of actions taken by Congress to provide FY2011 appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS). It also provides an overview of FY2010 appropriations for agencies and bureaus funded under the CJS bill. The source for the FY2010-enacted amounts, the FY2011 request, and the Senate Appropriations Committeerecommended amounts is the Senate Report (S.Rept. 111-229) to accompany the Senate Appropriations Committee-reported version of the annual CJS appropriations bill (S. 3636).

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117), included a total of $68.705 billion in new budget authority for CJS, of which $14.035 billion was for the Department of Commerce, $28.078 billion was for the Department of Justice, $25.658 billion was for the Science Agencies, and $934.8 million was for the related agencies. For FY2011, the Administration requests a total of $66.109 billion for CJS—an approximately $2.597 billion, or 3.8%, decrease in budget authority compared with FY2010 appropriations. The FY2011 request includes $8.968 billion for the Department of Commerce, $29.737 billion for the Department of Justice, $26.431 billion for the Science Agencies, and $973.4 million for the related agencies. On July 22, 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and reported the FY2011 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill (S. 3636). The Senate Appropriations Committee recommends a total of $66.192 billion for CJS, 3.7% less than the FY2010-enacted amount but 0.1% more than the Administration’s request. This amount includes $8.963 billion for the Department of Commerce, $29.896 billion for the Department of Justice, $26.360 billion for the Science Agencies, and $972.0 billion for the related agencies.

On July 29, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-212), which provides $49.0 million to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for long-term disaster relief, recovery, and restoration of infrastructure in states that experienced damage due to severe storms and flooding during March 2010 through May 2010. In addition, the law provides $5.0 million in EDA funding to states affected by the incidents related to gulf coast oil spill that began with the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. The law also provides $10.0 for the Department of Justice for litigation expenses related to the gulf coast oil spill.

On August 10, 2010, President Obama signed into law the United States Patent and Trademark Office Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-224). The law provides an additional $129.0 million for salaries and expenses at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for FY2010.

On August 13, 2010, the President signed into law H.R. 6080 (P.L. 111-230), which provides a total of $196.0 million for the Department of Justice for increased law enforcement activities related to Southwest border enforcement.

On September 30, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-242). The act continues appropriations for most agencies and bureaus funded under the annual CJS bill at FY2010 enacted levels—with the exception of the Census Bureau, which is funded at an annualized rate of $1.223 billion—until December 3, 2010.

Date of Report: October 4, 2010
Number of Pages: 62
Order Number: R41161
Price: $29.95

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