"I'll get right to be bottom line.  The President's FY 97 budget
marks the fourth consecutive year that President Clinton has called
for increases in science, technology, and education investments --
investments we need to carry us into the 21st century.  This budget
delivers on President Clinton's commitment to maintain critical
science and technology investments as a priority while balancing
the budget."
  -- John Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and

20 Mar 1996

Fifty Members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter
to Department of Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary and John Gibbons,
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, encouraging
the Administration to request $275 million for fusion energy
research in FY 1997.

23 Feb 1996


The release of the President's annual budget request is usually a
red-letter day.  Budget briefings are scheduled from early morning
to late afternoon and into the next day across metropolitan
Washington, D.C.  Weeks of analysis are then needed to digest the
voluminous budget books issued by various departments and agencies.

6 Feb 1996

As reported in FYI #13, the Department of Energy's Fusion Advisory
Committee reviewed three budget scenarios for fusion funding in
fiscal year 1997 and beyond.  The committee's recommendations for
a fusion energy program at annual budget levels of $250 million and
$275 million are presented, in full, below.  The committee also
examined the case of a budget significantly lower than $250
million, but found it would result in "a very painful conflict"
among program goals.

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31 Jan 1996

It can be instructive to look at how much Congress provided compared to the Administration's FY 1998 budget request. Below, for a sampling of selected science and non-science programs, are the FY 1998 request, the final congressional appropriation, and the percent of the request that the appropriation represents.

26 Nov 1997

FYI #142 looked at the change in appropriations (in constant 1998 dollars) for selected science and technology programs between FY 1996 and FY 1998. This FYI takes that same information and ranks the agencies and programs based on whether their funding has gone up or down over the past two years (again, in constant 1998 dollars.)

24 Nov 1997

 Looking back at appropriations funding over several years gives a perspective on funding trends for a program or agency. Below are appropriated amounts for selected programs from fiscal year 1996 through fiscal year 1998, adjusted for inflation so that all amounts are in constant (estimated) 1998 dollars. The calculations are based on GDP deflators published in the FY 1998 budget request document. Keep in mind that some funding changes are due to the commencement or completion of projects, facilities construction, or similar reasons.

24 Nov 1997

One of the main roadblocks keeping Members of Congress from heading home for the rest of the year has been a disagreement over national educational testing provisions in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill for FY 1998 (H.R.

12 Nov 1997

New legislation introduced in the Senate finds that "an increased level of investment in basic scientific, medical, and pre-competitive engineering research by the Federal Government is essential to maintaining the position of the United States as the technological leader of the world," and seeks to double federal research spending in these fields over the next ten years.

6 Nov 1997

"First of all, I am willing to renegotiate the budget numbers for science and defense because I think there you ought to respond to the opportunity in science and to the demand in defense,"declared House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) to the House Budget Committee. In testimony and questioning at an October 23 hearing, the Speaker made it clear that increasing federal science spending is one of his major priorities.

30 Oct 1997


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