Senate Appropriations Committee

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved, on
July 16, differing versions of a fiscal year 1997 Energy and Water
Development bill (see FYI #109.)  Committee reports are available
for both the House and Senate bills.  Below is report language that
describes the committees' views and recommendations for the
Department of Energy's Fusion Energy Sciences Program.  Future FYIs
will contain committee report language on Basic Energy Sciences and
General Science and Research Activities (which comprises High
Energy and Nuclear Physics.)

22 Jul 1996

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved, on
July 16, differing versions of a fiscal year 1997 Energy and Water
Development bill.  In contrast to the usual appropriations
procedure, the Senate did not wait for the full House to pass the
bill before marking up its own version.  While the energy and water
bill, which funds most programs within the Department of Energy, is
usually one of the first appropriations bills passed by the House,
this year it was delayed by House Energy and Water Development

19 Jul 1996

Now that Senators and Representatives have returned from their July
4 recess, the pace has picked up markedly on the 13 appropriations
bills for fiscal year 1997.  The bills need to be approved by both
chambers and signed into law by the beginning of the 1997 fiscal
year on October 1.  If no agreement is reached, Congress will once
again have to fall back on using continuing resolutions - as it did
repeatedly in the past year - to keep government programs running
until their funding bills are finalized.

12 Jul 1996

In report language last year, the Senate Appropriations Committee
expressed concern "about the ability for NSF to continue to fund a
U.S. permanent presence [in Antarctica] given severe budget
constraints."  It directed the National Science and Technology
Council (NSTC), the cabinet-level coordinating body for federal
science policies, to "examine the validity" of current U.S.
Antarctic policy (see FYI #131, 1995.)  Specifically, the NSTC was
asked to review "the need for a year-round presence, the need for

23 May 1996

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce,
Justice, State and the Judiciary are responsible for funding, among
other agencies, the Department of Commerce, which includes the
National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

26 Feb 1996

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and
Water Development are responsible for funding much of the budget
for the Department of Energy, including the Basic Energy Sciences,
High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Fusion Energy programs.

26 Feb 1996

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on VA, HUD, and
Independent Agencies are responsible for funding the National
Science Foundation and NASA, as well as EPA, the Veterans'
Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and numerous other
federal programs. 

26 Feb 1996

Conferees on October 6 filed a conference report (H. Rpt. 105-297) on H.R. 2158, the VA/HUD appropriations bill for FY 1998. In the conference report, funding for NASA and its major programs were all increased above the Administration's requested levels. Total funding for the space agency remains on a downward path, but declines more gradually than predicted during last year's appropriations process. Concern over space station construction issues made the conferees attach contingencies to some of the funding for this project.

9 Oct 1997

FY 1998 DOE Appropriations: Good News for Physics Programs

2 Oct 1997

Both the House and the Senate have now named their conferees for H.R. 2158, the VA/HUD/Independent Agencies Appropriations bill for FY 1998. As with the rest of the appropriations bills, conferees need to meet on this bill and reconcile their differences so it can be passed by both houses and signed by the President before the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1.

12 Sep 1997

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