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Ruppersberger, Committee Pass Funding Bill Supporting Maryland Jobs, Law Enforcement

Jul 16, 2021
Press Release
Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill for Fiscal Year 2022 Advances to full House

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined his fellow House Appropriators in passing legislation funding American efforts to strengthen law enforcement, small business and manufacturing and scientific research. The $81.6 billion Commerce, Justice and Science bill for fiscal year 2022 now heads to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

The bill’s funding totals are 14 percent above 2021 spending levels. The legislation creates good-paying American jobs with investments in economic development in distressed communities, funds local law enforcement while strengthening police and criminal justice reform and advances scientific research, much of which is happening in Maryland.

“Through increased funding for economic development, safer communities, and cutting-edge research, this bill builds a better future for all Americans,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “It invests in efforts and jobs right here in Maryland, from reducing our DNA evidence backlogs to exploring Saturn’s moons.  I am proud to have played a role in securing funding that will directly benefit my constituents and I urge my colleagues to support this bill on the House floor.”

A summary of the bill is here. Congressman Ruppersberger successfully advocated for funding and language on a range of priorities. At Congressman Ruppersberger’s urging, the bill includes:

  • $2 million for Baltimore City’s 911 diversion pilot program;
  • $476,000 for a violence intervention program at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center;
  • $600,000 for a violence intervention program at LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope;
  • $122 million for a grant program to help state and local law enforcement reduce their DNA evidence and rapekit backlogs, which exist throughout the Baltimore region;
  • $7.2 million to help state and local law enforcement – such as the City of Baltimore –comply with federal consent decrees;
  • $200 million for NASA’s Dragonfly program to explore the habitability of Saturn’s largest moon, which is led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County;
  • $4 million for the Digital Coast program, which helps coastal communities including those along the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean manage environmental issues;
  • $61.5 million to support the habitat conservation goals of the Chesapeake Bay Program;
  • $12 million to implement the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training program;
  • $100 million for a new Community Based Violence Intervention grant program to help local communities such as Baltimore address gang and gun violence.