Senate Appropriations Committee

Last week, the full Senate passed H.R. 2863, the FY 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. Under this legislation, total funding for the 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 science and technology programs would be cut 6.6% or $863.9 million to $12,206.8 million. These figures and those below reflect the successful amendment offered by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) that increased basic research funding (see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2005/146.html).

12 Oct 2005

In marking up their FY 2006 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill last week, Senate appropriators were not as generous as were their House counterparts to the Education Department's Math and Science Partnership program.

The Senate version of the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill (H.R. 3010), would provide $178.6 million for the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program at the Department of Education. This is equal to the FY 2005 funding level for this program. The House version of the bill recommended $190.0 million, an increase of 6.4 percent.

18 Jul 2005

In their FY 2006 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, Senate appropriators would provide a substantial increase for NASA's science and aeronautics programs, while cutting funding for the space agency's exploration capabilities. The bill (H.R. 2862), which was passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 23, would provide $16.396 billion for NASA. This is an increase of 2.0 percent, or $326.0 million, over FY 2005 funding of $16.070 billion.

5 Jul 2005

The bill written by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science that was approved by the full Appropriations Committee and then sent to the floor rejects many of the requests made by the Bush Administration in its submission to Congress. Notably, H.R. 2862 provides funding for the Advanced Technology Program which the Administration sought to terminate, as well as considerably more money than requested for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program.

30 Jun 2005

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science has sent its FY 2006 funding bill, H.R. 2862, to the floor. This newly established subcommittee, chaired by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), with Democratic Ranking Member Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), recommends an increase in the National Science Foundation budget of 1.1%. The House bill provides an increase of 3.1% (see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2005/087.htmlfor additional House numbers and report language.)

29 Jun 2005

The approach that House and Senate appropriators have taken in their report language regarding the disposition of spent nuclear fuel from the nation's utility plants differs greatly.

29 Jun 2005

The Bush Administration has encountered considerable difficulty in securing funding for several nuclear weapons program initiatives last year (http://www.aip.org/fyi/2004/154.html) and this year. As previously reported, House appropriators continued their opposition to funding for the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator, a modern pit facility, and enhanced test readiness in H.R.

28 Jun 2005

While the FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills in the House and in the Senate share the same number (H.R. 2419), the approach that each Appropriations Committee has taken to the Bush Administration's request for funding for various nuclear weapons initiatives differs, at times, markedly. There is extensive language in the recently-released Senate Appropriations Committee report on these initiatives, selections which appear below.

27 Jun 2005

In its version of the FY 2006 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (H.R. 2361), the Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the Administration's proposal to reduce funding for the U..S. Geological Survey, as did the House last month.

16 Jun 2005

With the new fiscal year starting in only 23 days and with the expectation that the House will recess at the end of next week and the Senate by September 23 until after the election, the push is on to pass a short term appropriations bill to continue funding after September 30.  Congress has not sent a single FY 2015 appropriations bill to the White House.

8 Sep 2014

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