On May 30, with much partisan rhetoric and rancorous debate, the
House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing many of the
federal government's science programs. If enacted, the "Omnibus
Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996" (H.R. 3322) would set
FY 1997 priorities and funding caps for NSF, NASA, NIST's in-house
laboratories, NOAA, EPA's R&D programs, and others. It did not
contain provisions for DOE R&D programs.