Senate Appropriations Committee

“We urge you to support all of this valuable work” said Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, when discussing various programs to maintain U.S. military superiority.  “But most of all, we urge you to permanently repeal the threat of sequestration.  Removing this specter would do more than any other single act to spur innovation and preserve our military technological superiority.”

8 May 2015

Yesterday afternoon the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee met to review the FY 2016 budget request for NASA.  The hearing was friendly and low-key, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as the only witness to discuss the $18,529.1 million request, up $518.9 million or 2.8 percent over the current budget. 

17 Apr 2015

Among the major agenda items that Congress will consider when it returns to Washington next week are the FY 2016 appropriations bills.  House and Senate appropriators have held many hearings on the Obama Administration’s request, with more hearings planned in coming weeks.

6 Apr 2015

“The Chairman and I were seeing little benefit from our participation in ITER” Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a hearing on the Department of Energy’s FY 2016 budget request.  Feinstein’s remark was addressed to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, referring to misgivings she and Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have had about the experimental fusion reactor during last year’s development of the FY 2015 appropriations bill.

27 Mar 2015

Appropriators in the House and Senate are moving quickly in their review of the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget request.  Simultaneous hearings are being held on many department and agency requests as the appropriators look toward the drafting of their funding legislation.   They have a difficult job this year in finding money for the budget increases because overall funding is being kept essentially flat.

20 Mar 2015

“I’m encouraged based upon where we were two or three years ago in terms of the big projects” said Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) as he wrapped up a hearing on the FY 2016 request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).   Alexander’s subcommittee and the counterpart House subcommittee held hearings on the overall NNSA request on March 4 and 11.

17 Mar 2015

The Senate Interior, Environment Appropriations Subcommittee meet for two hours on March 4 to review the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of the Interior.  A number of topics were discussed with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell; however there were no questions about the Administration’s request for the U.S. Geological Survey.

13 Mar 2015

House and Senate appropriators have held important hearings in the last two weeks on the FY 2016 budget request for the Department of Commerce.  Among the topics discussed at these hearings were the weather satellite program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and manufacturing programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

10 Mar 2015

FYI’s review of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle is complete.  See Latest Congressional Budget Action - FY 2015 for appropriations outcomes for federal science agency and department programs providing significant support for physical sciences and STEM education.

Congress and the Obama Administration crafted the FY 2015 budgets under very tight constraints.  Total discretionary spending rose just 0.2 percent over last year.

18 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015. 

17 Dec 2014


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