Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

House Passes Commerce, Justice And Science Appropriations Bill With $1.5 Million For SWGA

Jun 18, 2009
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill which includes $1.5 million in funding for Southwest Georgia.

“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I constantly look for ways to help Southwest Georgia become a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Bishop said. “The CJS Appropriations bill funds important programs that provide critical support to our local law enforcement agencies and family support services.”

The following Second District projects were included in the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill approved today by the House of Representatives:

• Building Toward Wellness Community Coalition, Inc. (Columbus, GA), $75,000;
• Butler Police Department (Butler, GA), $75,000;
• Calhoun County Family Connection (Edison, GA), $75,000;
• City of Arlington, GA, $100,000;
• City of Cairo, GA, $75,000;
• Crawford Counseling and Community Learning Center (Roberta, GA), $50,000;
• Dooly County Community Coalition/Family Connection (Vienna, GA), $75,000;
• Family Center of Columbus (Columbus, GA), $200,000;
• Miller County New Vision Coalition, Inc. (Colquitt, GA), $80,000;
• Project Rebound, Inc. (Columbus, GA), $250,000;
• Southwest Georgia Humanitarian Rural Outreach (Bainbridge, GA), $75,000;
• Southwestern Judicial Circuit Family Violence Council, Inc. (Americus, GA), $75,000;
• Taylor County Family Matters Collaborative (Butler, GA), $145,000;
• Thomas County Emergency 9-1-1 Service (Thomasville, GA), $150,000.

In addition to the funding for Southwest Georgia, the bill makes critical investments in programs that help local and state governments keep their citizens safe, as well as research and development programs that facilitate scientific innovation and discovery.

In the area of justice and crime-prevention, the legislation significantly increases funding for the FBI to boost our national security efforts, address the growing threat of cyber crime and prosecute financial fraud. It invests heavily in protecting our borders by providing $2 billion for the Drug Enforcement Administration to combat drug trafficking. Additionally, the bill provides funding for the prosecution of violent crimes against women and strengthens services for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The bill also makes significant investments in scientific research and innovation. Specifically, the legislation invests in science, technology, engineering and math education to help our students succeed in a global job market. It funds research to find ways to reduce global climate change, and it invests $6.9 billion in the National Science Foundation for the most promising scientific research and innovation.

For a complete summary of the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, please visit

The House and Senate versions of the Commerce, Justice and Science bill will be considered by a Conference Committee later this year.