Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney Secures Funding for Law Enforcement, Small Business in Appropriations Bills

Jul 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, worked to secure Florida specific funding in both the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriation bill and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bills, which were approved by the committee today.

As the Chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Congressman Rooney advocated for targeted funding increases for critical national security programs, law enforcement activities and coastal programs in the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill.

The bill provides a $29 billion increase in funding for the Department of Justice, which will ensure that law enforcement officials have the tools needed to combat crime and keep our communities safe and secure. The bill also includes a $48 million increase for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to maintain critical functions, including anti-cybercrime, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and violent crime reduction programs. Finally, the bill addresses the opioid epidemic with a funding increase of $98 million for the Drug Enforcement Administration to increase their anti-opioid efforts.

“This legislation ensures that our law enforcement agencies and intelligence communities have the resources needed to properly investigate and combat the growing number of complex threats facing our nation today,” Rooney said.

The multi-issue bill includes the following Florida specific requests made by Rooney as a member of the Appropriations Committee:

  • $103 million for Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training & Technical Assistance, which supports programs like veterans treatment courts, mental health courts and the drug court discretionary grant program.
  • $234 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which promotes collaboration between police departments and local communities.
  • $500 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG), which is critical in helping Florida’s state and local communities implement strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.
  • $527 million for the Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs, to help develop our national capacity to reduce violence against women and strengthen services for women of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Appropriations Committee also approved the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill which provides a total of $20.231 billion in funding for economic growth, consumer protection, and financial crime prevention programs.

“This bill promotes economic growth and protects consumers from financial predators, while also accomplishing the goal of reducing spending,” said Rooney. “This bill also includes a number of financial reforms, advances many conservative priorities and gives businesses a clearer path to achieving the American dream.”

The bill contained a number of funding requests submitted by Rooney including:

  • $123 million for the Department of Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, which provides crucial tools to counter extremism and war.
  • $186.5 million for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Administration, which provides technical assistance to businesses in flood prone areas.
  • $120 million for the Small Business Development Center, which is the principle provider for business assistance in Florida, helping create jobs, start new businesses and boost the economy.

For the full text of both bills please visit:

Commerce, Justice and Science: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-cjs-commercejusticescience.pdf

Financial Services and General Government: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-fservices-financialservicesandgeneralgovernment.pdf