House Appropriations Committee

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

The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill which would boost fusion and high energy physics research within a nearly flat overall budget for the Office of Science.

27 Apr 2016

The House and Senate are kicking off the congressional budget process this year with unprecedented speed, as the appropriations committees begin historically early consideration of key science spending bills.

19 Apr 2016

Rep. John Culberson, the powerful chairman of the House subcommittee that doles out and directs funding each year for NASA, convened a hearing focused on NASA’s quest to discover extraterrestrial life on a set of moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn known as “ocean worlds.” Culberson is betting on Jupiter’s moon Europa as a likely candidate for a second home for life within our solar system.

1 Apr 2016

After largely dismissing the president’s budget request, the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee in charge of National Science Foundation appropriations voiced both their strong support for the foundation and their opposition to allocating money at the research directorate level, with the chairman indicating his preference for making greater use of decadal surveys to decide on research priorities.

17 Mar 2016

At recent hearings on the Department of Energy budget request for fiscal year 2017, key appropriations leaders largely dismissed the president’s proposal for large funding increases to clean energy research and development as unrealistic and / or unbalanced. They then took familiar stances on research priorities, including support for basic energy research as well as skepticism about certain fusion energy projects.

10 Mar 2016

Members of a House appropriations subcommittee did not appear to oppose any major thrusts of the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Office of Science. Rather, members of both parties largely focused on longer-term efforts, expressing keen interest in the Department of Energy’s plans for upgrading user facilities, developing exascale computing capabilities, and improving technology transfer.

8 Mar 2016

The annual spending law that funds the federal science agencies, offices, and accounts through the end of fiscal year 2016 provides significant growth for the physical sciences.

7 Jan 2016

The annual spending law for FY 2016 modestly increases funding for the Department of Education and National Science Foundation, but the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs within the Department and Foundation are getting mostly flat funding.

23 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending at the National Institutes of Health by 5.8 percent over FY 2015 levels and provides similar boosts to NIH institutes important to the physical sciences, including the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

23 Dec 2015

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