Budget/Sequestration

The budget cycle never pauses in Washington. Although it will be several months before FY 2008 budgets are enacted, work is underway on the FY 2009 budget request that President Bush will send to Congress next February.

24 Aug 2007

The House has now passed its version of the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. During floor debate on the bill, an amendment was adopted to increase funding for the Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, from the FY 2007 funding level of $182.2 million to $197.9 million. This represents an increase of $15.7 million, or 8.6 percent. Both the President and the House Appropriations Committee recommended flat funding of $182 million for the MSP program; the Senate Appropriations Committee called for $184 million.

20 Jul 2007

A bill has been sent to the Senate that would increase the NASA budget by 7.2 percent in FY 2008. This legislation, S. 1745 provides funding for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is the chair of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee that wrote this bill; Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is the Ranking Member. The House has not released its version of this bill.

11 Jul 2007

The FY 2008 budget for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would increase by 27.5 percent in a bill that has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and sent to the floor.

S. 1745 provides funding for three agencies supporting physical sciences research: NIST, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is the chair of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee; Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is the Ranking Member. The House has not released its version of this bill.

10 Jul 2007

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director John Marburger addressed the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy in early May. This was Marburger's sixth consecutive address to this annual forum. Selections from his remarks follow on policy issues, earmarking, the outlook for funding, the impacts of the doubling of the NIH budget, and new sources of funding for university-based research.

SCIENCE COMMUNITY CONSENSUS ON POLICY ISSUES:

24 May 2007

The House has passed a $503.8 billion defense authorization bill, setting the stage for the FY 2008 defense appropriations bill. While actual funding parameters for the Department of Defense will not be known until late summer when the DOD appropriations bills are written, the bill passed last week provides a first glimpse of how Congress views funding for three DOD science and technology programs.

24 May 2007

"It is both ‘the best of times and the worst of times' for NASA's space science programs. We have witnessed a whole series of exciting events in recent months.... The bad news is that while those accomplishments were enabled by the nation's past investments in NASA's science activities, the outlook for the needed future investments is not good if present trends are any indication." - House S&T Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Mark Udall (D-CO)

9 May 2007

The American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, and 54 other corporations, associations, and academic institutions have endorsed a statement supporting the Administration's FY 2008 request for the DOE Office of Science. Under this request, funding would increase from the current budget of $3.8 billion to $4.4 billion.

4 May 2007

A March 9 hearing on the USGS FY 2008 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies demonstrated considerable bipartisan support for the USGS and its scientific work, and for its director, Mark Myers. This was the first time in front of the subcommittee for Myers, who started in September 2006. On the other hand, the hearing brought out concerns that the request proposed cutting or eliminating several valued programs.

26 Mar 2007

House and Senate appropriators have completed key hearings on the FY 2008 National Science Foundation budget request. Appropriators on both sides of Capitol Hill were supportive of NSF and its budget request.

16 Mar 2007

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