Federal - S 3072

Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations

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June 14, 2018

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An original bill making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

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  • June 14, 2018Draft bill text released by Senate Appropriations Committee., National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Department of Commerce (DOC); Department of Justice (DOJ).

  • June 14, 2018 — Reported to the Senate by the Senate Appropriations Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. S Rept 115-275Congressional Record p. S3951

  • June 14, 2018 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    June 14, 2018 — Committee Vote: Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — Vote to Report

    Provide $63 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2019 for Commerce and Justice departments, as well as several science agencies including NASA.

    The total is $3.4 billion, or 5.7 percent, over the current levels.

    It would provide $11.57 billion for the Commerce Department would be funded at $11.57 billion, which is $435 million or 3.9 percent above the current fiscal year and almost $1.8 billion above the president's budget request. Within the total, it would provide a $1 billion boost to help the Census Bureau prepare for the 2020 census. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would face a $426 million or 7 percent reduction, but NOAA's total $5.48 billion would be $930 million above the budget request.

    It would provide $30.7 billion for the Justice Department, equal to the House bill, $402.5 million or 1.3 percent above the current year and $1.86 billion more than under the president's request, including $9.42 billion for the FBI, $15 million more than fiscal 2018, and $158 million more than the president's request; and $3 billion for state and local law enforcement grants, a $67 million increase from this year but nearly $1 billion more than under the president's budget request for fiscal 2019.

    It would provide $21.3 billion for NASA, $587 million or 2.8 percent more than the current year and $1.43 billion above the president's request. It would fund the National Science Foundation at $8.1 billion, $301 million or 3.7 percent more than in fiscal 2018 and nearly $600 million above the president's request.

    Provide $63 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2019 for Commerce and Justice departments, as well as several science agencies including NASA.

    The total is $3.4 billion, or 5.7 percent, over the current levels.

    It would provide $11.57 billion for the Commerce Department would be funded at $11.57 billion, which is $435 million or 3.9 percent above the current fiscal year and almost $1.8 billion above the president's budget request. Within the total, it would provide a $1 billion boost to help the Census Bureau prepare for the 2020 census. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would face a $426 million or 7 percent reduction, but NOAA's total $5.48 billion would be $930 million above the budget request.

    It would provide $30.7 billion for the Justice Department, equal to the House bill, $402.5 million or 1.3 percent above the current year and $1.86 billion more than under the president's request, including $9.42 billion for the FBI, $15 million more than fiscal 2018, and $158 million more than the president's request; and $3 billion for state and local law enforcement grants, a $67 million increase from this year but nearly $1 billion more than under the president's budget request for fiscal 2019.

    It would provide $21.3 billion for NASA, $587 million or 2.8 percent more than the current year and $1.43 billion above the president's request. It would fund the National Science Foundation at $8.1 billion, $301 million or 3.7 percent more than in fiscal 2018 and nearly $600 million above the president's request.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (subject to amendment) 30-1.

    June 14, 2018 — Committee Vote: Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — Manager's Package
      Moran, R-Kan. —

    Manager's package of amendments to add report language by:

    • Schatz, D-Hawaii, to direct the Economic Development Administration, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to provide an assessment of how apprenticeship grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math would complement the EDA's investment priorities and grant programs as well as how they would serve the EDA's mission to facilitate regional economic development.
    • Rubio, R-Fla., to direct the National Ocean Service to coordinate with state, territorial and local communities and officials in communities significantly impacted by hurricanes in 2017 to assist in waterway cleanup efforts to remove marine debris and trash from the aquatic environment.
    • Schatz, to encourage the NOS to assess whether the use of alternative risk management has any role to play in proposals to protect investments in coral reef management.
    • Murkowski, R-Alaska, to encourage the National Marine Fisheries Service to station regional science directors within the regions they serve.
    • Merkley, D-Ore., to recognize the ongoing impact on the Pacific coast groundfish fishery trawl industry resulting from the NMFS's delay in promulgating regulations to collect loan payments for the 2003 fishing vessel and permit buyback program.
    • Reed, D-R.I., to encourage the NMFS Aquaculture to coordinate with the Department of Agricultural Research Service to leverage and supplement existing ARS shellfish research partnerships.
    • Murkowski, to encourage the National Sea Grant College Program to prioritize providing training, education, outreach and technical assistance for young fishermen.
    • Reed, to encourage the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to work with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center to leverage assets and facilities to support development of the deepwater Autonomous Underwater Vehicles program.
    • Manchin, D-W.Va., to encourage Oceanic and Atmospheric Research to find a funding balance in high performance computing resources with current partnerships with an emphasis on finding synergies with existing NOAA infrastructure.
    • Reed, to withhold 25 percent of the funds provided for executive leadership within the Mission Support line office until NOAA submits to the committee a plan outlining the cost, size, scope and timeline for constructing and outfitting new berths and shore facilities at Newport, Rhode Island.
    • Daines, R-Mont., to provide $8 million for competitive grants under the Community Oriented Policing Services' Anti-Methamphetamine Program and $10 million for the Drug Enforcement Administration to help state and local law enforcement for meth lab cleanup and container programs.
    • Van Hollen, D-Md., to request the State Department to study and report to Congress, within 30 days of the bill's enactment, on the number of trafficked victims who are convicted of crimes related to their trafficking, the types of crimes and an analysis on how the federal government can supplement state vacatur programs.
    • Manchin, to encourage the FBI director to make the rates of basic pay, salary schedule, pay provisions and benefits for members of the FBI police equivalent to the rates of basic pay, salary schedule, pay provisions and benefits applicable to other federal police divisions. It would require the FBI to report to the committee on the retention rate and pay of the FBI police compared to other federal law enforcement. It also would urge the FBI to coordinate, as appropriate, with the Office of Personnel Management and other relevant agencies as it implements the activities.
    • Rubio, to clarify that funding for the COPS portion of the Stop School Violence Act grant program could be used to strengthen security measures such as technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures.
    • Van Hollen, to encourage the Office of Justice Programs to use Project Safe Neighborhoods funds to support evidence-based and data-driven focused intervention, deterrence and prevention initiatives that aim to reduce violence.
    • Baldwin, D-Wis., to direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to submit an assessment of Great Lakes resources research operations, including an evaluation of current large lake fleet capabilities, projected fleet requirements and costs and the feasibility of federal agencies, including NOAA and NSF, in partnering with regional institutions and universities that have recognized commitments to fresh water research sciences to procure and operate research vessels on the Great Lakes and within the Great Lakes ecosystem.
    • Moran, R-Kan., to encourage NASA to review Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy at the appropriate time to determine if the mission should have its prime mission extended.
    • Manchin, to encourage NASA to work with private sector and university partners to facilitate commercialization of the technologies developed within the program and to direct NASA to submit with its fiscal 2020 budget request a report on current efforts underway to encourage commercialization of technology within the Restore-L program, with a focus on how intellectual property will be handled.

    Manager's package of amendments to add report language by:

    • Schatz, D-Hawaii, to direct the Economic Development Administration, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to provide an assessment of how apprenticeship grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math would complement the EDA's investment priorities and grant programs as well as how they would serve the EDA's mission to facilitate regional economic development.
    • Rubio, R-Fla., to direct the National Ocean Service to coordinate with state, territorial and local communities and officials in communities significantly impacted by hurricanes in 2017 to assist in waterway cleanup efforts to remove marine debris and trash from the aquatic environment.
    • Schatz, to encourage the NOS to assess whether the use of alternative risk management has any role to play in proposals to protect investments in coral reef management.
    • Murkowski, R-Alaska, to encourage the National Marine Fisheries Service to station regional science directors within the regions they serve.
    • Merkley, D-Ore., to recognize the ongoing impact on the Pacific coast groundfish fishery trawl industry resulting from the NMFS's delay in promulgating regulations to collect loan payments for the 2003 fishing vessel and permit buyback program.
    • Reed, D-R.I., to encourage the NMFS Aquaculture to coordinate with the Department of Agricultural Research Service to leverage and supplement existing ARS shellfish research partnerships.
    • Murkowski, to encourage the National Sea Grant College Program to prioritize providing training, education, outreach and technical assistance for young fishermen.
    • Reed, to encourage the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to work with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center to leverage assets and facilities to support development of the deepwater Autonomous Underwater Vehicles program.
    • Manchin, D-W.Va., to encourage Oceanic and Atmospheric Research to find a funding balance in high performance computing resources with current partnerships with an emphasis on finding synergies with existing NOAA infrastructure.
    • Reed, to withhold 25 percent of the funds provided for executive leadership within the Mission Support line office until NOAA submits to the committee a plan outlining the cost, size, scope and timeline for constructing and outfitting new berths and shore facilities at Newport, Rhode Island.
    • Daines, R-Mont., to provide $8 million for competitive grants under the Community Oriented Policing Services' Anti-Methamphetamine Program and $10 million for the Drug Enforcement Administration to help state and local law enforcement for meth lab cleanup and container programs.
    • Van Hollen, D-Md., to request the State Department to study and report to Congress, within 30 days of the bill's enactment, on the number of trafficked victims who are convicted of crimes related to their trafficking, the types of crimes and an analysis on how the federal government can supplement state vacatur programs.
    • Manchin, to encourage the FBI director to make the rates of basic pay, salary schedule, pay provisions and benefits for members of the FBI police equivalent to the rates of basic pay, salary schedule, pay provisions and benefits applicable to other federal police divisions. It would require the FBI to report to the committee on the retention rate and pay of the FBI police compared to other federal law enforcement. It also would urge the FBI to coordinate, as appropriate, with the Office of Personnel Management and other relevant agencies as it implements the activities.
    • Rubio, to clarify that funding for the COPS portion of the Stop School Violence Act grant program could be used to strengthen security measures such as technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures.
    • Van Hollen, to encourage the Office of Justice Programs to use Project Safe Neighborhoods funds to support evidence-based and data-driven focused intervention, deterrence and prevention initiatives that aim to reduce violence.
    • Baldwin, D-Wis., to direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy, within 180 days of the bill's enactment, to submit an assessment of Great Lakes resources research operations, including an evaluation of current large lake fleet capabilities, projected fleet requirements and costs and the feasibility of federal agencies, including NOAA and NSF, in partnering with regional institutions and universities that have recognized commitments to fresh water research sciences to procure and operate research vessels on the Great Lakes and within the Great Lakes ecosystem.
    • Moran, R-Kan., to encourage NASA to review Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy at the appropriate time to determine if the mission should have its prime mission extended.
    • Manchin, to encourage NASA to work with private sector and university partners to facilitate commercialization of the technologies developed within the program and to direct NASA to submit with its fiscal 2020 budget request a report on current efforts underway to encourage commercialization of technology within the Restore-L program, with a focus on how intellectual property will be handled.
    • Adopted by voice vote.

      June 14, 2018 — Committee Vote: Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — Medical Marijuana Law Enforcement
        Lankford, R-Okla. —

      Amendment that would prevent the bill from barring the Department of Justice from preventing states from implementing medical marijuana policies until the Drug Enforcement Administration removes marijuana form its Schedule 1 classification.

      Amendment that would prevent the bill from barring the Department of Justice from preventing states from implementing medical marijuana policies until the Drug Enforcement Administration removes marijuana form its Schedule 1 classification.

      Withdrawn.

      June 14, 2018 — Committee Vote: Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — State Marijuana Laws
        Merkley, D-Ore. —

      Amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from spending any federal dollars to interfere with a state's marijuana laws, unless that activity is listed in one of the following three memos sent by:

      • Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole on Aug. 29, 2013 titled "Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement."
      • Cole on Feb. 14, 2014 titled "Guidance Regarding Marijuana Related Financial Crimes."
      • Monty Wilkinson, director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, on Oct. 28, 2014 titled "Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country."

      Amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from spending any federal dollars to interfere with a state's marijuana laws, unless that activity is listed in one of the following three memos sent by:

    • Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole on Aug. 29, 2013 titled "Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement."
    • Cole on Feb. 14, 2014 titled "Guidance Regarding Marijuana Related Financial Crimes."
    • Monty Wilkinson, director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, on Oct. 28, 2014 titled "Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country."
    • Withdrawn.

      June 14, 2018 — Committee Vote: Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill — Crime Victims Fund
        Lankford, R-Okla. —

      Amendment that would prevent the use of unobligated balances in the Crime Victims Fund, which uses fines and penalties assessed on convicted federal criminals to compensate victims, to offset other spending in the bill.

      Amendment that would prevent the use of unobligated balances in the Crime Victims Fund, which uses fines and penalties assessed on convicted federal criminals to compensate victims, to offset other spending in the bill.

      Rejected by voice vote.

  • June 14, 2018 — Introduced as an original bill from the Senate Appropriations Committee and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. Congressional Record p. S3951

  • June 12, 2018 — Subcommittee consideration and markup held by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies.

    June 12, 2018 — Subcommittee Vote: Fiscal 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations — Vote to Approve

    Provide $63 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2019 for the Justice Department, Commerce Department, NASA and scientific programs, among other things, $3.4 billion more than the fiscal 2018 enacted level.

    The bill would appropriate $30.7 billion for the Justice Department, including:

    • $9.4 billion for the FBI, an increase of $15 million;
    • $2.23 billion for the Drug Enforcement Agency, an increase of $44 million; and
    • $100 million for new school safety measures.

    The bill would provide $11.57 billion for the Commerce Department, including:

    • $5.48 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a decrease of $426 million; and
    • $3.82 billion for the Census Bureau, an increase of more than $1 billion.

    It also would provide $21.3 billion for NASA, an increase of $587 million, and $8.1 billion for the National Science Foundation, an increase of $301 million.

    Provide $63 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2019 for the Justice Department, Commerce Department, NASA and scientific programs, among other things, $3.4 billion more than the fiscal 2018 enacted level.

    The bill would appropriate $30.7 billion for the Justice Department, including:

    • $9.4 billion for the FBI, an increase of $15 million;
    • $2.23 billion for the Drug Enforcement Agency, an increase of $44 million; and
    • $100 million for new school safety measures.
    • The bill would provide $11.57 billion for the Commerce Department, including:

    • $5.48 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a decrease of $426 million; and
    • $3.82 billion for the Census Bureau, an increase of more than $1 billion.
    • It also would provide $21.3 billion for NASA, an increase of $587 million, and $8.1 billion for the National Science Foundation, an increase of $301 million.

      Approved for full committee consideration without objection.

  • May 23, 2018 — Subcommittee hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies.

  • May 16, 2018 — Subcommittee hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies.

  • May 10, 2018 — Subcommittee hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies.

  • April 25, 2018 — Subcommittee hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies.