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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                      July 10, 2001

Full Committee Approves FY02 Commerce Justice State Spending Bill

ďThe FY 2002 CJSJ Appropriations bill is a good bill.  It goes a long way in upholding the law of the land by improving the FBI's counterintelligence program, upgrading FBI information technology programs, increasing the number of border patrol agents, increasing funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration and empowering local communities to fight crime.  In addition the bill also has major funding increases for the State Departmentís 'diplomatic readiness,' embassy security and information technology initiatives.  I am proud of this bill and am hopeful that we can work with the Senate and the Administration in the coming months to craft a final bill that includes full funding for priority programs while maintaining fiscal restraint," said Chairman Frank Wolf.

Funding Levels:

n      FY01 Bill:  $37.5 billion 

n      FY02 President's Request:  $37.9 billion

n      FY02 Funding:  $38.5 billion

Provides a total of $21.5 billion for the Department of Justice, $672 million more than FY01 and $623 million above the President's request, including the following:

n      Provides a $582 million increase over last year to address critical detention requirements to house Federal prisoner and criminal and illegal alien populations (includes Federal Prisoner Detention, INS, U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons).

n      Provides a $469 million increase for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorneys to maintain and enhance Federal law enforcement's ability to fight the war on violent crime and drugs, and provide new tools to combat cybercrime and national security threats, including:

n      $116 million increase (over FY01) for the DEA, total FY02 funding is $1.476 billion.

n      $247 million increase (over FY01) for the FBI, total FY02 funding is $3.492 billion.

n      $106 million increase (over FY01) for the U.S. Attorneys, total FY02 funding is $1.35 billion.

n      $18 million increase (over FY01) to fight cyber terrorism.

n      $24 million increase (over FY01) to enhance domestic terrorism programs.   

n      Provides a $252 million increase for the Immigration and Naturalization Service to enforce our immigration laws including additional border patrol agents, increased detention and removal capacity, and continuation of the interior enforcement, naturalization, and other application backlog reduction -- an initiative that started back in FY99.  Total INS budgetary resources are $5.6 billion, $130 million above the Presidentís request.

Provides $4.3 billion, an increase of $661 million over the request and a decrease of $324 million from FY01, to enhance assistance to State and local law enforcement agencies, including: 

n      Including $522 million for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program; $570 million for the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant program; $250 million for Juvenile Accountability Block Grant programs, and $565 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.     

n      Provides $391 million for Violence Against Women Act programs, $103 million more than FY01 and the same as the Presidentís request and the authorized funding level, $1.01 billion for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program (including $150 million to provide local law enforcement with cutting edge technologies that help reduce crime and $48 million to fight the growing problem of methamphetamimes), $158 million more than the Presidentís request and $17 million less than last year, and $298 million for Juvenile Justice programs, the same as last year and the Presidentís request.

n      Provides $10 million, the authorized level, to assist victims of trafficking as established by The Victims of Trafficking  and Violence Protection Act of 2000 signed last year. 

Judiciary receives $4.39 billion for FY02, $422 million more than FY01, $192 million below the President's request.  Includes $70 million to undertake a critical renovation of the Supreme Court building to address numerous safety and health concerns that exist in the current facility. 

Department of Commerce and Related Agencies receives $5.19 billion, $48 million below last year and $21 above the Presidentís request including:

n      $729 million for the National Weather Service, which is $12 million more than FY01, $4 million below the President's request to fully fund weather service operations.

n      $426 million for international trade agencies, an increase of $15 million over FY01, $15 million above the President's request to full fund trade compliance and enforcement efforts.

n      $3.08 billion for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is $42 million above FY01 and $29 million above the President's request, including:

n      $440 million for Ocean, Coastal and Waterway conservation programs.

n      $489 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), $108 million below FY01 due to the elimination of new Advanced Technology Program (ATP) grants and a reduction of one-time only projects, $1.5 million above the Presidentís request.

State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors receives $7.7 billion, which is $837 million more than FY01, $94 million below the President's request.

n      Includes $1.3 billion to continue worldwide security improvements and replacement of vulnerable embassies, the same amount included in the Presidentís request.

n      Provides $3.65 billion for Diplomatic and Consular Programs to fund the operating costs of a consolidated Department, which is $486 million more than FY01 and $51million less than Presidentís request.

n      Provides $850 million to Contributions to International Organizations, $10 million below FY00, and $29 million below the President's request, to fully pay all anticipated assessments to the UN and other international organizations.

n      Provides $844 million for Contributions to International Peacekeeping, the same as the Presidentís request and last yearís level.

Other Items of Interest:

n      Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is funded at $239 million, $ 10 million below the President's request and $9 million above FY01.

n      Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is funded at $310 million, $7 million more than FY01 and the same as the President's request.

n      Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is funded at $156 million, $9 million more than FY01.

n      Small Business Administration is funded at $728 million, $130 million less than FY01, $186 million above the President's request.

n      Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is funded at the Presidentís request of  $438 million, $16 million more than FY00.

n      Legal Services is funded at $330 million, the same as the Presidentís request and last yearís level.

n      Maritime Administration is funded at $231.7 million, $128.7 million above the request and $12.6 million above FY01, including $30 million for shipbuilding loan guarantees, $10 million for disposal of obsolete vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, $98.7 million for the Maritime Security Program and $13 million for continued capital renovations at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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