Senate Appropriations Committee

If history is any guide, Congress will almost certainly pass one or more stopgap spending measures before reaching a final agreement on funding for fiscal year 2017. The question now becomes whether the current Congress and outgoing president will finalize an agreement in the lame-duck session or instead hand off responsibility for the final negotiations to the 115th Congress and the incoming administration.

2 Aug 2016

After commending retiring vice chairwoman Barbara Mikulski for her years of effective service, Senate appropriations committee members unanimously approved a bill which would provide close to flat funding for NASA, NSF, NIST, and NOAA in fiscal year 2017. 

26 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

Two individuals who played key roles in supporting the Hubble Space Telescope and shepherding numerous other high-profile NASA science projects are retiring this year—former astronaut and NASA's associate administrator for science John Grunsfeld and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.

8 Apr 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

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

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending at the National Nuclear Security Administration by 9.9 percent over FY 2015 levels and the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy by 8.0 percent. The law also provides direction on nuclear research, development, and safety matters, including the medical isotope molybdenum-99, inertial confinement fusion energy, advanced reactor concepts, and used nuclear fuel disposition.

22 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by 5.8 percent over FY 2015 levels and provides direction on matters including the nation’s next generation weather satellites, the next generation of weather radar technology, and a number of research and weather and water modeling programs.

22 Dec 2015


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