House Appropriations Committee

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to complete action on a $1.1trillion 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.

10 Dec 2014

The Coalition for National Science Funding and the Coalition for National Security Research have issued separate letters to Members of Congress urging the passage of funding legislation providing the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s basic research program with budget increases in FY 2015.  It is uncertain if Members will be given an opportunity to vote on an omnibus appropriations bill with these increases before short term funding expires on December 11.

21 Nov 2014

Appropriations Bills Unfinished Congress has now left town and will not return until next week (the House on November 13, and the Senate on November 14). Members of Congress departed with five of the 13 appropriations bills still unfinished. The programs funded by those bills are operating under a two-week continuing resolution - the 15th continuing resolution that Congress has had to pass this year to avoid shutting down government programs and agencies.

7 Nov 2000

House appropriators zeroed out NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) in their FY 2001 appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State. The bill, H.R. 4690, was passed by the Appropriations Committee on June 14 and is currently under consideration on the House floor. It cuts funding for NIST by almost 35 percent from the current budget, mainly by terminating the controversial ATP. Funding for NIST's in-house labs would be increased slightly over FY 2000, while the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) would remain at its FY 2000 level.

23 Jun 2000

On June 7, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up H.R. 4635, the FY 2001 VA/HUD appropriations bill. Under the bill, NASA would receive $13,713.6 million, an increase of 0.8 percent over the agency's FY 2000 budget, but 2.3 percent less than the Administration's FY 2001 request. Below are the Committee's recommendations for selected accounts within NASA, and related quotes from its report (H. Rpt. 106-674). Space science and life and microgravity science would see substantial increases over current funding.

16 Jun 2000

The House of Representatives is now considering the FY 2001 appropriations bill funding the National Science Foundation. Accompanying this bill, H.R. 4635, is a report prepared by the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee containing recommendations and guidance for foundation officials. While this report language does not have the weight of law, it is important. Selections from this House Appropriations report, 106-674, follow:

RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES:

16 Jun 2000

Today, the House is scheduled to begin floor debate on its FY 2001 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees marked up their versions of the Labor- HHS-Education bill last month. In both bills, it appears that teacher professional development in science and math would receive at least as much as the current appropriation, but actual funding levels are not clear.

7 Jun 2000

The Senate Appropriations Committee has completed its version of the Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations bill for FY 2001. It would decrease funding for NIST from the current level, but less so than the counterpart bill in the House. Unlike the House appropriators, who would eliminate NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP), the senators would provide more money for ATP than it is receiving this year.

14 Sep 2000

The new fiscal year starts one month from today, and most of the appropriations bills of interest to the physics community are far from complete. With the exception of the FY 2001 appropriations bill for the Department of Defense which has been signed into law, there is considerable work ahead.

1 Sep 2000

While there was concern, and at times criticism, about NASA during two recent appropriations hearings, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin accomplished what he has been able to do so many times before that of maintaining support for the space agency. Public hearings on NASA by the House and Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations subcommittees are complete; the next stop is the House mark up of the FY 2001 funding bill on May 23.

20 Apr 2000

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