Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends flat funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY 2016.  The committee report is the key document that details the Senate appropriators’ specific recommendations for

17 Jun 2015

This morning the full Senate Appropriations Committee met and approved by a vote of 27-3 their FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  The $51.1 billion bill provides funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The House passed its version of this bill earlier this month.

11 Jun 2015

Last Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill providing funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  Passed by a vote of 26-4, the $35.4 billion bill now moves to the Senate floor.  The House of Representatives passed its version of this bill on May 1. 

28 May 2015

Funding parameters for the Department of Energy for FY 2016 are largely in place with the approval last Thursday of a $35.4 billion Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  This action follows passage of the counterpart bill by the House of Representatives on May 1. 

26 May 2015

“We urge you to support all of this valuable work” said Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, when discussing various programs to maintain U.S. military superiority.  “But most of all, we urge you to permanently repeal the threat of sequestration.  Removing this specter would do more than any other single act to spur innovation and preserve our military technological superiority.”

8 May 2015

Yesterday afternoon the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee met to review the FY 2016 budget request for NASA.  The hearing was friendly and low-key, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as the only witness to discuss the $18,529.1 million request, up $518.9 million or 2.8 percent over the current budget. 

17 Apr 2015

Among the major agenda items that Congress will consider when it returns to Washington next week are the FY 2016 appropriations bills.  House and Senate appropriators have held many hearings on the Obama Administration’s request, with more hearings planned in coming weeks.

6 Apr 2015

“The Chairman and I were seeing little benefit from our participation in ITER” Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said at a hearing on the Department of Energy’s FY 2016 budget request.  Feinstein’s remark was addressed to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, referring to misgivings she and Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have had about the experimental fusion reactor during last year’s development of the FY 2015 appropriations bill.

27 Mar 2015

Appropriators in the House and Senate are moving quickly in their review of the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget request.  Simultaneous hearings are being held on many department and agency requests as the appropriators look toward the drafting of their funding legislation.   They have a difficult job this year in finding money for the budget increases because overall funding is being kept essentially flat.

20 Mar 2015

“I’m encouraged based upon where we were two or three years ago in terms of the big projects” said Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) as he wrapped up a hearing on the FY 2016 request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).   Alexander’s subcommittee and the counterpart House subcommittee held hearings on the overall NNSA request on March 4 and 11.

17 Mar 2015


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