Appropriations bills moving through House panel
The House Appropriations Committee is busy this month with a slew of fiscal year 2010 appropriations bills.

The full committee approved the Commerce, Justice and Science bill yesterday. The package includes $802 million for Community Oriented Policing Services, a $41 million increase from the proposal President Barack Obama submitted, and $400 million for the Office on Violence Against Women, an $11 million increase.

Another $155 million was included for tribal assistance grants to fund tribal courts, detention facilities, law enforcement, methamphetamine enforcement, and federal investigations and prosecutions. That's $65 million above Obama's request.

The bill also includes $325 million for activities related to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

Regarding specific provisions, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota) said the bill contains $350,000 for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for child protection services, $300,000 for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Boys & Girls Club, $110,000 for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, $165,000 for the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and $100,000 for a 911 system upgrade in the county that is home to the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

The Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a markup on the Interior bill this morning. A full committee vote is scheduled for next Thursday, June 18.

"It is an ambitious schedule, but it is workable if we all work together and if other crucial considerations do not intervene," Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wisconsin), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said yesterday.

Relevant Documents:
Tentative Schedule for FY2010 Appropriations Bills (June 9, 2009)