House Appropriations Committee

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce,
Justice, State and the Judiciary are responsible for funding, among
other agencies, the Department of Commerce, which includes the
National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

26 Feb 1996

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and
Water Development are responsible for funding much of the budget
for the Department of Energy, including the Basic Energy Sciences,
High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Fusion Energy programs.

26 Feb 1996

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on VA, HUD, and
Independent Agencies are responsible for funding the National
Science Foundation and NASA, as well as EPA, the Veterans'
Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and numerous other
federal programs. 

26 Feb 1996

Conferees on October 6 filed a conference report (H. Rpt. 105-297) on H.R. 2158, the VA/HUD appropriations bill for FY 1998. In the conference report, funding for NASA and its major programs were all increased above the Administration's requested levels. Total funding for the space agency remains on a downward path, but declines more gradually than predicted during last year's appropriations process. Concern over space station construction issues made the conferees attach contingencies to some of the funding for this project.

9 Oct 1997

FY 1998 DOE Appropriations: Good News for Physics Programs

2 Oct 1997

Both the House and the Senate have now named their conferees for H.R. 2158, the VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 1998. As with the rest of the appropriations bills, conferees need to meet on this bill and reconcile their differences so it can be passed by both houses and signed by the President before the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1.

12 Sep 1997

Outlook on Key Appropriations Bills Congress returns to work next week, with roughly one month left to pass thirteen appropriations bills. The outlook for most science and technology programs is promising, an exception being concern about funding for DOD basic research.

28 Aug 1997

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is funded within the FY 1998 Appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of this bill (S. 1022) on July 15; the House Appropriations Committee completed work on its bill (H.R. 2267) on July 22. Below is a comparison of the actions taken by the two committees.

1 Aug 1997

House Appropriators, marking up the Department of Defense FY 1998 Appropriations bill (H.R. 2266) on July 22, made drastic reductions in the President's request for basic research funding. DOD officials have expressed concern at the continual decline in the department's technology base (see FYIs #49, 58.).

29 Jul 1997

On July 8, the House Appropriations Committee completed its markup of H.R. 2158, the FY 1998 VA/HUD/IA funding bill. This bill provides funding for NASA and NSF, among other agencies, and is accompanied by a report (House Report 105-175) detailing the Committee's intentions. This FYI will address portions of the report devoted to NASA; Subsequent FYIs will cover report language on NSF.

15 Jul 1997


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