Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee has completed work on an FY 2008 Defense Appropriations bill that would reduce total spending for the 6.1 Basic Research, 6.2 Applied Research, and 6.3 Advanced Technology programs by 12.6 percent. Under this bill, funding for all three programs would decline (in some instances, by a very small percent) in all three services, as well as Defense-Wide programs under the Office of Secretary of Defense. In all but two instances, program funding in the Senate bill would be greater than that requested by the Bush Administration.

19 Sep 2007

The House and Senate returned to Washington yesterday, with less than four weeks to go until the start of the new fiscal year. The outlook for the completion of the FY 2008 budget cycle is still very uncertain; the only certainty is that it will not be completed by September 30.

5 Sep 2007

The FY 2008 budget for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would increase by 27.5 percent in a bill that has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and sent to the floor.

S. 1745 provides funding for three agencies supporting physical sciences research: NIST, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is the chair of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee; Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is the Ranking Member. The House has not released its version of this bill.

10 Jul 2007

The Senate Appropriations Committee has sent to the floor an FY 2008 appropriations bill that would increase the National Science Foundation's budget by 10.8 percent. The full House Appropriations Committee is poised to pass its version of the same bill, which would increase the foundation's budget by 10.0 percent.

9 Jul 2007

The House and Senate appropriations committees have included FY 2008 funding for a technology assessment capability for Congress. These studies would be performed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), with an initial budget far lower than that of the Office of Technology Assessment which closed in 1995.

5 Jul 2007

The Senate Appropriations Committee has completed its version of the FY 2008 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. Under this legislation, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) would receive an increase of 2.5 percent or $7.43 million. The House Appropriations Committee has not released its bill.

2 Jul 2007

FY 2008 appropriations legislation for the Department of Education has now passed the full Appropriations Committee in the Senate, and the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee in the House. Both would provide virtually flat funding for the Education Department Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) program. Although it was originally authorized at $450 million, funding for this program has always fallen below $200 million.

2 Jul 2007

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed and sent to the Senate floor a bill providing the Bush Administration's full FY 2008 request, plus an additional $99 million, for the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Under this bill, the Office of Science would receive $4,497.3 million, an increase of 18.4 percent, or $700 million above the current budget.

29 Jun 2007

The Senate Appropriations Committee has sent its version of the FY 2008 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill to the Senate floor. Under this legislation, funding for the U.S. Geological Survey would increase by 2.2 percent over this year.

29 Jun 2007

The House and Senate have agreed on an FY 2008 budget plan that they describe "provides significant increases for NSF and the DOE Office of Science, and fully funds the President's 2008 request for NASA at $17.3 billion." The "Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008" was adopted yesterday in both chambers on a largely party line vote, and sets the stage for the appropriators to begin writing their funding bills.

18 May 2007


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