Senate Appropriations Committee

Whenever a committee sends a bill to the floor it provides a report explaining the committee's rationale for its actions. This report is not binding, but does provide important guidance to the federal department or agency.

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently filed its report on H.R. 2684, the VA, HUD,Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 2000. Selections from the report pertaining to the NSF follow.

21 Sep 1999

As reported in FYI #93, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed its bill to fund energy and water development programs for FY 2000. Constrained by the budget caps, Senate appropriators would generally fund DOE's civilian science programs at or near current (FY 1999) levels. The bill, S. 1186, is accompanied by a report (Senate Report 106-58) which provides some explanation of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee's recommendations.

11 Jun 1999

Accompanying the FY 2002 VA/HUD appropriations bill was lengthy language by the conferees on the International Space Station (ISS). Running almost three pages, the report language is critical of NASA's management of the project, and skeptical about the redesigned and downsized "U.S. Core Complete" station. Selections from the report language follow:

14 Nov 2001

Within the next few days the Senate will vote on the final version of the FY 2002 Interior Department Appropriations Bill that contains funding for the U.S. Geological Survey. H.R 2217 will then be sent to President Bush for his signature. The House passed this bill by an overwhelming majority last week. There is relatively good news to report about the USGS portion of the bill. Despite the Administration's request that the Survey's budget be cut by more than $69 million, the final bill increases the budget by $31 million.

25 Oct 2001

As reported in FYI #128, progress has been made on the Labor-HHS- Education appropriations bills in both the House and the Senate. The full House has passed its version of the bill, H.R. 3061, while the companion bill in the Senate, S. 1536, has passed the Appropriations Committee and awaits action by the full Senate.

17 Oct 2001

When the House and Senate return next week the most important tasks facing them will be passing the final versions of thirteen appropriations bills. One bill that will be closely followed is the FY 2002 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill, which provides funding for the National Science Foundation and NASA. Both the House and Senate have passed their own versions of this legislation.

31 Aug 2001

The difference between the positions taken by House and Senate appropriators about the future of the Advanced Technology Program could not be clearer. Earlier this month, the House accepted the recommendation of its appropriators in the FY 2002 Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill to discontinue new ATP funding (see FYI #92).

26 Jul 2001

As reported in FYI #94, Senate appropriators have now marked up the FY 2002 VA/HUD funding bill. This bill recommends $14,561.4 million for NASA. This represents an increase of $276.1 million (1.9 percent) over current-year funding, and $50.0 million (0.4 percent) over President Bush's request. It is less of an increase, however, than the $14,926.4 million recommended by VA/HUD appropriators in the House (see FYI #88). The House committee report is not yet available.

25 Jul 2001

The Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies FY 2002 Appropriations bill is accompanied by a committee report. The report language is extensive and offers great insight into the thinking of the people who control the pocketbook. The House Appropriations Committee report, not yet available, will provide similar guidance. This and future FYIs will quote selected passages of interest to the physics community. The full committee report, S Rpt. 107-143, may be accessed at

24 Jul 2001

The Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee completed its work yesterday, and this afternoon took its FY 2002 bill before the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Some information on the National Science Foundation portion of the bill has been made available. Despite a higher subcommittee allocation, the Senate bill provides significantly less money for the NSF in FY 2002 than the House bill.

19 Jul 2001


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