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Jaime Herrera Beutler Stands Up for Salmon Recovery in Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill that Clears House Committee

Southwest Washington priorities also included in the bill: anti-sex trafficking programs, veteran treatment courts

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Washington, DC, May 20, 2015 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler helped advance strong salmon recovery efforts as the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.
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Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler helped advance strong salmon recovery efforts as the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. As a member of the Commerce, Science, and Justice House Appropriations Subcommittee, Jaime helped author and voted in favor of this bipartisan legislation that spends $661 million less than the President’s 2016 proposed budget and still funds important northwest priorities.  The bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee today.

“Salmon play a vital role in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m pleased to have helped with this bill that continues successful salmon recovery efforts. With so much economic activity and so many jobs related to healthy salmon populations, it’s critical that we target resources toward specific hatchery management needs and habitat restoration projects,” said Jaime. “Our bill addresses treatment programs for veterans, anti-trafficking efforts, and competitive grants to help local law enforcement – all while making difficult cuts and reducing spending.”

Salmon recovery efforts supported in the Commerce portion of the bill:

The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) – The bill secures $65 million for PCSRF, a program that provides critical funding for recovery and sustainability projects to improve wild salmon and steelhead habitats in Pacific Northwest. As of 2012, PCSRF funding has been applied to 260 fish enhancement projects in Southwest Washington and has restored over 7,100 miles of stream on the west coast for fish passage.

The restoration work done through PCSRF in part helps secure a future for recreational fishing in Washington state – an industry that as of 2011, contributed 5,100 jobs and $247 million in income for Washington residents, generated $654 million in sales and contributed $390 million to the state’s gross domestic product.

Salmon Management Activities – It increases funding for salmon management activities at hatcheries, including 12 salmon hatcheries that are maintained in Southwest Washington. The boost in funding will help improve hatchery production and help prevent incidents like the pump failure that lead to death of more than 200,000 juvenile coho salmon at the Kalama Falls Hatchery in March.

Salmon Hatchery Compliance – The bill also secures $4 million to help hatchery operators gain approval for their hatchery programs that are submitted to the National Marine Fishery Service. There is currently an administrative backlog inhibiting hatcheries from being approved and recognized as ESA compliant, thus putting them at risk of being shut down directly impacting Tribal and recreational fisheries.

Southwest Washington priorities included in the Justice portion of the bill:

Human Trafficking Grants – The bill includes $25 million for human trafficking task force activities and for services for victims.  It also directs the Department of Justice to support a victim-centered approach to recognizing and responding to human trafficking.

Prescription Drug Monitoring – The bill includes $11 million for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that seeks to combat the diversion and abuse of prescription medications – the fastest growing drug problem in our nation. 

FBI - Funding for the FBI is increased to carry out counterterrorism; counterintelligence; and investigation of computer intrusions, cyber threats and cybersecurity. 

Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program – The bill includes $409 million for these grants that are awarded to state and local governments and can be used for law enforcement programs;  prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; correction programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs.   

Veterans Treatment Courts – The bill includes $5 million for Veterans Treatment Courts. These are courts that understand and address the unique issues facing many veterans who have come into conflict with the law.  Veterans must make regular court appearances and attend treatment sessions.   

Identity theft and senior citizens – The bill also takes steps to prevent and reduce tax-related identity theft among vulnerable populations, including senior citizens.

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