Senate Appropriations Committee

17 Dec 2015

The annual spending legislation for FY 2016 would increase spending at the Department of Energy Office of Science by 5.6 percent over FY 2015 levels and provide direction on matters including the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, next-generation supercomputing, climate modeling, and a slew of physical sciences facilities and projects.

17 Dec 2015

The annual spending legislation for FY 2016 would increase spending at the National Science Foundation by 1.6 percent over FY 2015 levels and provide direction to the agency on matters including research grant transparency, the replicability of scientific research, technology transfer, the future of supercomputing, astronomical sciences facilities and STEM education.

16 Dec 2015

Congressional negotiators released the FY 2016 annual spending bill, which would boost year-over-year funding to the science agencies and offices, ranging from a 1.6 percent increase for the National Science Foundation to an 11.6 percent increase for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

30 Oct 2015

Congress approved a major bipartisan budget agreement, negotiated with the White House, that increases discretionary spending by $80 billion total in FY 2016 and FY 2017, creating room for boosts to spending at federal science agencies and offices starting this year

8 Oct 2015

Earlier today the Senate blocked itself from considering the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  A motion to proceed with the bill’s consideration on the Senate floor that required 60 votes failed by a vote of 49 yes to 47 no votes.  Votes in favor were all cast by Republicans, with one exception; four Republicans joined Democratic senators voting against proceeding on the bill.

1 Oct 2015

Following countless hours spent by the Obama Administration preparing the FY 2016 budget request and numerous House and Senate appropriations hearings and floor votes leading up to today’s start of the new fiscal year, the outcome - at least to this point – is a continuation of current funding levels for federal departments and agencies through mid-December.

8 Sep 2015

Congress returned to Washington today from its summer recess with few legislative days left to enact a bill to provide federal funding for the new fiscal year that starts on October 1.  Congressional leaders continue to stress that there will not be a shutdown of the government, despite efforts by some in Congress to link passage of such a bill to the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

12 Aug 2015

n a letter sent to the leadership of House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over NASA, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden warned that envisioned funding levels for the Commercial Crew program with likely result in “further schedule slippage and increased cost.” Bolden’s letter is in response to decisions made by House and Senate appropriators to significantly reduce FY 2016 funding for the program below that requested by the Obama Administration.

10 Aug 2015

When House and Senate appropriators return from their summer recess a first order of business will be continuing their work on the FY 2016 appropriations bills.  Among those bills is the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill that provides funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).  The House and Senate NIBIB figures are as follows:

7 Aug 2015

House and Senate appropriators took different approaches in their versions of the FY 2016 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill regarding the Mathematics and Science Partnership Programs.


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