President Clinton has requested $13,465.0 million for NASA's FY 1999 budget. This is a decrease of $173 million, or 1.3 percent, from NASA's FY 1998 appropriation of $13,638.0 million. This is slightly above the $13.4 billion the Administration projected a year ago for NASA's FY 1999 budget.


10 Feb 1998

House and Senate conferees came to agreement on a final version of the FY 2000 VA/HUD Appropriations bill on October 7. The bill (H.R. 2684) and the conference report which accompanies it (H. Rept. 106-379) are now available. FYIs #147 and #149 provide details regarding NSF funding; information on funding for NASA is provided here. Selections from the conference report, detailing the committee's recommendations, are quoted below.

18 Oct 1999

On this first day of fiscal year 2000, Congress has not yet completed work on the majority of appropriations bills. One of the unfinished bills is H.R. 2684, the FY 2000 VA/HUD appropriations bill. The Senate passed its version of the legislation on September 24, but it differs in many respects from the House version, and these differences need to be reconciled in conference. In the meantime, the programs funded under the bill will continue to operate for now under a three-week stopgap "continuing resolution," which will keep them operating at FY 1999 levels.

1 Oct 1999

The Senate Appropriations Committee on September 16 passed its version of the VA/HUD appropriations bill for FY 2000 (H.R. 2684). Accompanying the bill is the committee report (S. Rpt. 106-161), explaining the committee's recommendations. This report is not legally binding, but does provide important guidance to the departments and agencies funded under the bill.

21 Sep 1999

While Hurricane Floyd was moving up the east coast yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2000 funding bill for NASA and NSF that was quite favorable. Working from a bill presented the day before by Senator Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the Senate version of H.R. 2684, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill, provides the administration's request for the National Science Foundation and NASA.

17 Sep 1999

The House debate last week on H.R. 2684, the VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 2000, provides a good perspective on congressional sentiment regarding R&D. Some selections follow:

"Unfortunately, putting this bill together and expecting passage is a tremendous balancing act, and we do not get there by playing favorites with a small set of programs at the expense of others."- Rep. James Walsh (R-NY), Chairman of House VA, HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

16 Sep 1999

House VA, HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman James Walsh (R-NY) was explicit: "We have reduced funding for the National Science Foundation by over $200 million. That is the last thing that I wanted to do in this bill but, again, the balance that we had to strike was very, very fragile, very, very difficult. We literally are borrowing from Peter to pay Paul here."The "here" that Walsh was referring to was H.R. 2684, the VA, HUD Appropriations Bill for FY 2000.

16 Sep 1999

When Congress returns to Washington on September 8 it will have about three weeks to decide what priority it will give to NASA's space science and earth science programs. The outlook is very uncertain.

A seemingly impossible job was given to new House appropriations subcommittee chairman James Walsh (R-NY) -- to produce a viable FY 2000 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill with less money. This $90+ billion bill is the third-largest appropriations bill, and funds the VA, HUD, EPA, NSF, NASA, and a variety of other programs.

25 Aug 1999

Recent action has taken place on several items of interest to the science community. Yesterday, the Administration released its proposal for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes teacher professional development in math and science education. Also yesterday, the full House passed H.R. 1654, the three-year NASA Authorization Act of 1999. Today, the Senate is scheduled to take up H.R.

20 May 1999

Bills to authorize NASA programs have been marked up by committees in both the House and Senate, and now await possible floor action in both chambers. If the House and Senate both pass their bills, and the differences are worked out in conference, it would be the first time Congress will be prepared to send NASA authorization legislation to the President since 1992. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee marked up its bill (S. 342) first, on May 5. The House Science Committee followed with mark-up of its bill (H.R. 1654) on May 13.

18 May 1999


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