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The full House Appropriations Committee met yesterday and approved by voice vote the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Under this bill, NSF funding would increase $50.0 million or 0.7 percent in the new fiscal year.

21 May 2015

The House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act last Friday by a vote of 269-151 on a mostly party line vote.  Disputes regarding how the bill worked around strict spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act caused many Democrats to vote against H.R. 1735, including Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA).

This bill sets policy and program spending limits for the Department of Defense and the nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy.  Actual funding is provided by appropriations bills.

19 May 2015

Tomorrow morning the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Yesterday evening the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on the bill, warning “If the President were presented with H.R. 1806, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” 

19 May 2015