House Justice spending bill passes to floor with host of pro-gun riders, ATF spending boost
By Chris Eger
Subcommittee Chairman, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, helped shepherd the “pro-gun” Fiscal Year 2018 CJS Appropriations bill to the floor last week (Photo: Rep. Culberson)
While gun control groups welcomed the prospect the nation’s gun regulatory agency would get more money than last year, they balked at pro-Second Amendment riders trimming the agency’s reach.
The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill 31-21. Among the $54 billion in discretionary funding greenlighted was $73 million for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System — in line with 2017s budget — and $1.3 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a $35 million bump from last year’s funded level.
“This bill balances my two top priorities; being frugal with my constituents’ hard-earned tax dollars, while supporting federal law enforcement and scientific agencies with the resources they need to do their job,” said CJS Subcommittee Chairman, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, in a statement. “This legislation makes sure that America’s law enforcement agencies have enough money to effectively fight 21st century threats like cybercrime, terrorism and human trafficking.”
Included in the 102-page bill, now headed to the House floor, are modest funding jumps for the