WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, today voted for H.R. 5326, the Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act. The measure, the first of 12 annual funding bills to be considered by the House this year, provides $51.1 billion in funding for the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other related agencies. This level is $1.6 billion less than Fiscal Year 2012 and $731 million less than the President’s request.

“When crafting H.R. 5326, the Committee on Appropriations was careful to balance the needs of the American people with our responsibility to reduce federal spending,” said Rep. Dent. “Programs that support job growth, spur scientific innovation and protect the safety of the American people were rightfully prioritized and received appropriate levels of funding in the bill passed by the House.”

While H.R. 5326 reduces overall federal spending, the bill bolsters funding for research and education programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) that support job growth and enhance American competitiveness. Funding for these effective and efficient programs helps drive American innovation and improve our nation’s manufacturing capabilities.

During consideration of the bill on the House floor, Dent voted for an amendment to restore $126 million in funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which provides grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to expand community policing and acquire critical new technologies. The amendment passed the House by a vote of 206 to 204.

“The COPS program, which has benefitted communities throughout the 15th District, is extraordinarily helpful to local law enforcement in keeping our neighborhoods safe,” Rep. Dent continued. “I am pleased funding for this important program will remain strong.”

H.R. 5326 also includes a modest increase in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve disaster preparedness and weather forecasting.