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Senate appropriators are proposing to hold funding for NSF research steady in fiscal year 2017, while House appropriators would increase it by less than 1 percent. Appropriators from both chambers would leave decisions about how to divvy up the $6 billion research account to the foundation.

31 May 2016

After declining to take up the contentious America COMPETES bill which the House passed narrowly last spring, the Senate appears close to releasing its bipartisan take on the bill.

27 May 2016

About one month after the Senate Appropriations Committee reported legislation with middling spending for four of the main science agencies in fiscal year 2017, the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week cleared its bill and committee report. Like in the Senate, the House committee includes no significant spending increases for the four agencies’ research accounts.

26 May 2016

Directors from the Department of Energy’s national labs descended on Capitol Hill last month for a fourth lab day, this time with a focus on science.

20 May 2016

At a White House ceremony, the president awarded the National Medal of Science to nine recipients, including physicist and president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Shirley Ann Jackson.

19 May 2016