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U.S. House Funds Science & Space Exploration at Historic Levels

From Congressman Kevin Brady

Brady: Bill cuts overall funding while boosting research, cybersecurity and space exploration

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, (R-TX) released the following statement on approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of next year’s federal funding of the departments of Commerce, Justice, NASA, National Science Foundation and other related agencies.

“Increasing funding for science research, space exploration and cybersecurity will preserve America’s lead in the world economy where innovation drives jobs. No less important is fighting the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, improving weather forecasting and protecting our Second Amendment rights which the Justice Department continues to target.

“I’m pleased the legislation cuts wasteful spending while also prohibiting illegal gun running operations like “Fast and Furious” and preventing the White House from implementing the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate has a chance to weigh in on it.”

Background: The 2016 federal budget year begins in October. The Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill contains $51.4 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over fiscal year 2015 and $661 million below the President’s request for these programs. The bill prioritizes funding for law enforcement, national security, science, and space exploration programs.

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