The U.S. Geological Survey would receive a 3.7% increase in its FY 2009 budget in H.R. 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Funding Bill, which was passed yesterday by the House and is now pending in the Senate.
Congress has until March 6 to send this bill to President Obama. Short term funding expires on that day for USGS and the other agencies and departments covered under this bill. Objections raised by Senate fiscal conservatives could delay the final passage of this measure.