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Budget & Appropriations

FYI tracks the president’s science-related budget requests submitted to Congress as well as the development and consideration of appropriations legislation in the House and Senate. Detailed information, including tables, is also available in AIP’s Federal Science Budget Tracker.


23 Dec 2013

After Congress returns on January 6 it will need to vote on legislation to fund the operations of the federal government through September 30.  The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be working through the holiday recess to have final legislation ready for a vote in the House and Senate.  Current funding expires on January 15.

19 Jul 2013

“We are just never going to agree on this,” said Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) midway through an hours-long committee markup yesterday of the NASA Authorization Act of 2013.  Grayson’s comment reflected the deep-seated division between the Republican and Democratic members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee about the approach that should be taken to funding NASA, and in a larger sense, all federal agencies in coming years.

26 Feb 2013

“There is nothing more important in our committee’s jurisdiction than your mission,” said House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) at the conclusion of a two-hour hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.)  This hearing, the first by the subcommittee this year, reaffirmed the subcommittee’s bipartisanship, both in its support of the NNSA and in shared concerns about the aging of the weapons stockpile, the need to modernize the complex, and cost overruns.

17 Apr 2013

The Obama Administration has requested $17,715.4 million for NASA in FY 2014, a decline of $54.6 million or 0.3 percent from the FY 2012 level.  Science funding would decline 1.1 percent under the proposed budget.

In his remarks on the FY 2014 request, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden emphasized the agency’s science programs:

21 Nov 2013

“If a timely  agreement is not reached, the likely alternatives could have extremely damaging  repercussions” warns a November 18 letter about the need to reach a deal on overall federal budget  numbers for this and the next fiscal year.   Time is running out, with the chairman and subcommittee chairmen of the  House Appropriations Committee warning of another government shutdown.

18 Nov 2013

At  last week’s hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation  Committee  there was  considerable discussion about the impact of mandatory budget reductions (sequestration)  on research supported by the federal government.  Senators and witnesses also spoke of the  important role federally-sponsored university research plays in the creation of  new companies.  A survey released earlier  this week and an October 30 report provide insight on both matters.

26 Nov 2013

Last  week’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science,  Space, and Technology had twin objectives.   It offered the opportunity for subcommittee members, a senior official  of the DOE Office of Science, and two other witnesses to describe the  importance of the research that the Office supports.  It also gave the Members and witnesses a  chance to offer first comments on a draft discussion bill to authorize programs  and funding levels for the Office of Science in FY 2014 and FY 2015. 

2 Jul 2013

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on their versions of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

1 Jul 2013

The House Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.