House Appropriations Committee

"We have a lot more to exhaust here" said Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) in his closing remarks as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property at a hearing last week on H.R. 6845, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act.

19 Sep 2008

Fiscal Year 2009 begins two months from this Friday.  Yet appropriations work on Capitol Hill has become seriously bogged down, and it now appears that it may not be until March 2009 - about six months into the new fiscal year - when the FY 2009 appropriations' cycle will be finished.

28 Jul 2008

As explained in FYI #80, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. The House committee has not officially filed its report.

23 Jul 2008

The House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill on June 25. Traditionally, the final copy of the committee's report would have been made available within a few days. For unknown reasons, the committee's report has not yet been officially published.

10 Jul 2008

House and Senate Appropriators are starting to release their initial versions of the FY 2009 appropriations bills.  As the committee reports accompanying these bills become available, FYI will excerpt relevant sections and provide recommended funding changes.  The first of these reports has just been released for the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science FY 2009 Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  It is not yet known when this bill will be considered by the full Senate.

25 Jun 2008

Yesterday evening the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved by a voice vote its version of the FY 2009 funding bill for the Department of Energy.  Details about this $33.3 billion bill will not be known until the full House Appropriations Committee considers the bill next Tuesday.  As now written, the bill provides $2.4 billion more than this year's budget, and is $2.1 billion above that requested by President Bush.

18 Jun 2008

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has gone on record warning that the United States might be liable to a $750 million default clause in the ITER agreement.   Lamar's comments, made at an April 9 hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, were addressed to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

21 Apr 2008

Letters have circulated on Capitol Hill urging senators and representatives to demonstrate their support for increased budgets for the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation. Signing these letters to House and Senate appropriators is a well-recognized way of showing such support. Four letters have been submitted: 68 senators signed a letter in support of the Office of Science and 44 senators signed a letter for the NSF.

18 Apr 2008

The House and Senate have taken their first steps in the FY 2009 appropriations cycle. While the initial targets for proposed science funding are very favorable, the overall picture is considerably more troubled.  As they did last year, the House and Senate are on a pathway to spend more for discretionary programs than what President Bush has proposed, setting up what will in all likelihood be another series of presidential vetoes and an unfavorable appropriations outcome.

27 Mar 2008

Energy Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach received a friendly reception when he testified before the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee on March 13.  Despite this reception, it appears that the FY 2009 Office of Science request is facing significant challenges, not so much as a result of how high it is, but more because of how low, in Chairman Peter Visclosky's (D-IN) eyes, other DOE program requests are.               

19 Mar 2008


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