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July 22, 2020

Rep. Kirkpatrick Secures Commerce Justice and Science Funding

Includes Funds for Tohono O’odham Community College; UofA, NASA Partnership

(Tucson, AZ) — Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill. The bill funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

“This bill was designed to reallocate and rectify some of the racial inequities in Commerce and Justice government  programs. We have allocated additional funds for wrongful conviction programs, STEM programs in Tribal higher education, and incorporated data requirements to help migrant families stay together,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “This bill also includes critical funding for NASA, including funds for a partnership with the University of Arizona. I am proud that this work will contribute to UofA’s strong legacy as a leading research university and key partner for NASA.”

Rep. Kirkpatrick’s Arizona priorities were successfully included and approved in today’s vote. Some of Rep. Kirkpatrick’s toplines include:

  • Billions for NASA programs, including its partnership with the University of Arizona;
  • Increased STEM funding for Tribal universities and colleges, including Arizona’s Dine College and Tohono O’odham Community College;
  • Additional funds for the DOJ’s Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program for capital litigation and wrongful conviction review;
  • New report language for data collection to work towards a solution where families are reunited and the federal government provides an easier path towards citizenship, especially for individuals who already have family residing within our borders;
  • Billions for critical FBI missions, including anti-cybercrime and counter intel.

In addition to securing some of her Arizona priorities, Rep. Kirkpatrick was instrumental in helping the subcommittee allocate national funding priorities.

The legislation contains $71.473 billion in discretionary budget authority, a reduction of $1.7 billion below the FY 2020 enacted level, reflecting the completion of the 2020 Decennial Census.

A summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here.

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