Congressman Serrano Chairs First CJS House Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing
A few weeks ago, I was honored to be chosen by my colleagues as the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee.
The CJS Subcommittee oversees and funds many of our most important federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Census Bureau, among others. In addition to the CJS subcommittee, I will continue serving in the Financial Services Subcommittee and join the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
The CJS Subcommittee has a key role on a diverse set of issues ranging from reducing gun violence, to the decennial census, to climate change. It oversees areas like civil rights enforcement, our immigration court system, and federal funding for legal aid. I believe many of these policies have been under attack by the current President, and I intend to use this position to provide a check against his efforts, which in my view, harm programs that matter to our community and our nation. I intend to conduct vigorous oversight and to ensure that our dollars are spent on priorities that matter to Bronxites instead of on biased efforts to harm immigrants, minorities, and underserved communities.
Towards that end, last Tuesday we held our first hearing, which focused on climate change. Many of the agencies conducting key scientific research into climate change are funded in the CJS subcommittee. In case you missed it, and should you want to watch it, you can find a video of the hearing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=RZQQXzJf8CY&feature=youtu.be
Our next hearing will be on Thursday, March 7 at 10:00am, this time focused on another pressing issue relevant to the subcommittee's work: our country's immigration court and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Should you wish to watch, you can find a live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMaSlF09S0fpoRshS2t_7XA.
A full list of agencies overseen by the CJS subcommittee is below. Please do not hesitate to reach out should you want additional information about the various programs that these agencies work on.
• Department of Commerce
o Census Bureau
o Economic Development Administration
o Minority Business Development Agency
o National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)
o National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
o International Trade Administration (ITA)
• Department of Justice
o Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
o Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
o Executive Office for Immigration Review
o Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
o Bureau of Prisons
o U.S. Marshals Service
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• National Science Foundation (NSF)
• Related Agencies
o Commission on Civil Rights
o Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
o International Trade Commission
o Legal Services Corporation
o Marine Mammal Commission
o Office of Science and Technology Policy
o Office of the United States Trade Representative
o State Justice Institute
José E. Serrano