Senate Appropriations Committee

Earlier today the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2013 funding bill.  Reflecting the budget deal worked out last year between the Obama Administration and Congress, the subcommittee’s bill totals $33.4 billion.  The comparable House bill totals $32.1 billion, resulting from a move by House Republicans to further reduce total spending in the next fiscal year.

27 Apr 2012

Energy  Secretary Steven Chu appeared before the Senate Energy and Water Development  Appropriations Subcommittee on March 14.   Appropriators were generally receptive to the FY 2013 request for the  Department of Energy, and in many cases spoke of their desire to see it play a  more active role in several areas.

26 Mar 2012

“While globalization  and technology have dramatically increased the skills and qualifications  required to succeed today, our schools are largely geared towards the  assumptions of a 20th-century workplace.“ – Senator Tom Harkin  (D-IA)

“The Federal  government does have a role to play in improving the education of our nation’s  children through programs supported under the Head Start Act, the Elementary  and Secondary Act, Perkins Career [Vocational] and Technical Education Act, and  the Higher Education Act.” – Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY)

26 Mar 2012

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  As previously noted in FYI #127, this bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

30 Jul 2014

Senate appropriators have released their draft committee report accompanying the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  This bill was scheduled for action by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in mid-June, but was pulled from consideration because of concerns about an expected amendment to the bill to restrict EPA’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.  No new date has been scheduled.

29 Jul 2014

Last Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee passed H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015. The committee report accompanying this bill provides the appropriators’ budget and policy recommendations for the three science and technology programs.

The following excerpts are from this report:

22 Jul 2014

“Research  is a primary driver of innovation, growth and job creation, and these  investments must be preserved, even in times of budgetary austerity.” – Rep.  Frank Wolf

“So  we are out there winning the Nobel Prizes, but our bill lays the groundwork for  winning the markets.” – Senator Barbara Mikulski

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22 Nov 2011

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“At this level, NSF would  fund nearly 1,500 fewer research and education grants, supporting approximately  18,000 fewer researchers, students, and technical support personnel than it did  in FY 2011.” – House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Norm Dicks

19 Oct 2011

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The Senate Appropriations  Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Departments of Labor, Health  and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  This measure provides funding for the Department  of Education. 

4 Oct 2011

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The Senate Appropriations  Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Departments of Labor, Health  and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  This measure provides funding for the  National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Biomedical Imaging  and Bioengineering. 

Senate Report 112-84   accompanies this bill, S. 1599.    The  House has not passed its version of this legislation.

3 Oct 2011

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