House Appropriations Committee

1 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.

 
17 Mar 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.

 
10 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.

8 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.

 
23 Dec 2015

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.

 
22 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.

21 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending for Department of Defense Science and Technology by 8.2 percent over FY 2015 levels.

21 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending at the National Institute of Standards and Technology by 11.6 percent over FY 2015 levels and provides direction on matters including research into disaster resilient buildings, advanced photonics, the Materials Genome Initiative, and quantum measurements.

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