Budget/Sequestration

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3 Nov 2011

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Yesterday  the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction held a public hearing to  receive testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf.  This hearing focused on defense and  nondefense discretionary spending, which is determined through annual appropriations  bills.

27 Oct 2011

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In an effort to get the FY  2012 appropriations bills passed, the Senate is taking a new approach by  bundling three of the twelve funding measures into a single bill.  One of those three bills is the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  The Senate considered this legislation during  several days of floor debate last week, with a final vote on passage scheduled  for next week.

25 Oct 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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Yesterday a key House appropriator  chided the Obama Administration for not specifying what budget reductions it  was willing to make to other programs to offset the cost of the James Webb  Space Telescope (JWST).  Frank Wolf  (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,  Science and Related Agencies wrote to Office of Management and Budget Director  Jacob Lew that:

29 Sep 2011

Approximately  five months from now President Barack Obama will send his FY 2013 budget  request to Congress.  The request will be  bound by the provisions of the Budget Control Act that the President signed  into law early last month limiting discretionary spending to $1.047 trillion, a  level that is 0.4 percent over than that for FY 2012.

2 Sep 2011

There  were many amendments offered on the floor during the House of Representatives’ recent  consideration of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  Of particular relevance to the physics  community are three amendments that would have reduced the bill’s $4,842.7  million appropriation for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and one  amendment which would have increased funding.   None of the amendments passed: one was withdrawn and the other three  were defeated.  Roll call votes on three  amendments provide a clear indication of a representative’s approa

27 Jul 2011

By  a one vote margin, the House of Representatives agreed to increase ARPA-E  funding by $79.6 million over the original committee version of the FY 2012  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  Under this amendment offered by Rep. Adam  Schiff (D-CA), ARPA-E funding would be maintained at its current level.

25 Jul 2011

The  House Appropriations Committee has approved, by a vote of 28-18, the FY 2012  Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill.   This bill provides funding for the U.S. Geological Survey, the budget  for which would be reduced by $30.1 million from this year.  Excerpts from the committee’s report follow, with all figures taken from the committee report.  The section on USGS starts on page 35.

18 Jul 2011

Under  the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill that was passed by  the House on July 13, funding for the National Institute of Standards and  Technology would be reduced 6.6 percent from the current year.  The bill terminates funding for several  programs.  House appropriators provide  policy and budget recommendations for NIST in their committee report  starting on page 20.  Selections  from this report follow  All figures are  taken from the committee report.

18 Jul 2011

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