House proposes cuts for Commerce, Justice, Science spending

Under the bill, NASA is cut by $1.1 billion compared to what President Obama was seeking and $928 million below the fiscal year 2013.

Justice is cut by 3 percent or $720 million below 2013, with the Bureau of Prisons getting a $110 million cut. 

The National Science Foundation would get $631 million below Obama’s request but the Patent and Trademark Office, which is funded through fees, receives the $3 billion it says it needs to function. 

“The bill makes job creation a top priority by maintaining manufacturing and job repatriation initiatives, while focusing resources and oversight on trade enforcement against foreign competitors who are violating trade agreements. It also includes a significant focus on expanding the FBI’s cybersecurity efforts and on protecting U.S. networks from foreign espionage and cyber-attacks," Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee Chairman Frank WolfFrank Rudolph WolfBolton could be the first national security chief to prioritize religious freedom House votes to mandate sexual harassment training for members and staff Trump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead MORE (R-Va.) said. 

The CJS bill will be marked up in subcommittee on Wednesday for a likely floor vote before the August recess.

Because of differences with the Senate and a blanket Obama veto threat on all House appropriations bills, the CJS bill is unlikely to be enacted before the fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. A stopgap measure passed then could temporarily end the sequester only to see indiscriminate cuts reimposed 15 days after this session of Congress ends.