By Erik Wasson
Appropriators are increasing funding for the International Trade Administration in support of Obama’s initiative to boost exports. The bill reflects a compromise to allow the Patent and Trademark Office to keep all the fees it collects, while still allowing the committee its traditional oversight role.
"Despite the difficult choices that were made, this legislation includes a number of positive initiatives to create jobs by promoting economic growth and innovation here at home,” Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said.
The cuts to local grants prompted an angry response from city officials.
“Public safety is the last thing we should be putting on the chopping block, but the House Appropriations Committee now wants to eliminate the COPS Program entirely and cut Byrne JAG grants by another 16 percent. At a time when cities are being forced to lay off police officers to balance their budgets, these cuts to the federal government’s primary source of support for local police departments are untimely and ill advised, and a threat to public safety," said Tom Cochran, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.