Subcommittee Approves FY 2019 CJS Bill

The House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, science, and related agencies subcommittee today approved by voice vote a fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill. Despite the voice vote, Democrats complained about portions of the bill, including gun riders. Under the bill, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) would get $39.5 million for FY 2019, the same the amount it received for FY 2018. The Trump administration had requested $33.6 million for NTIA for FY 2019 (TR Daily, Feb. 12). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office budget for FY 2019 would total $3.37 billion, all of which would be covered by fee collections. Its budget totaled $3.5 billion for FY 2018, and the Trump administration asked for $3.4 billion for FY 2019. – Courtesy TR Daily