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By Lucia Bragg

The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee approved its FY 2019 spending bill on May 9 by voice vote.

U.S. Capitol The bill increases funding for the Department of Justice by $739 million above FY 2018 enacted levels, for a total of $30.7 billion.

Overall, the bill contains increased funding for federal law enforcement to address opioid trafficking, gangs, violent crime, and illegal immigration. Funding increases are also included for cybersecurity, school safety, and the 2020 census. Lawmakers allocated a total of $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs as well.

Specifically, the bill contains:

  • $4.8 billion for the 2020 decennial census.
  • $493 million for Violence Against Women Act programs.
  • $442 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.
  • $380 million for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act grants.
  • $255 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.
  • $225 million for Community Oriented Policing (COPS) hiring grants.
  • $130 million for DNA Initiative Grants.
  • $100 million for Anti-Human Trafficking grants.
  • $100 million for the STOP School Violence Act.
  • $100 million for youth mentoring grants.
  • $85 million for the Second Chance Act.
  • $76 million for Missing and Exploited Children programs.
  • $75 million in grants to states to improve their records used in background checks.
  • $70 million for initiatives to improve police/community relations.

The next step for the Commerce-Justice-Science FY 2019 appropriations bill is consideration by the full House Appropriations Committee. The bill does not yet appear on the committee’s schedule.

Lucia Bragg is a policy associate with NCSL's State-Federal Relations Division.

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