The FY 2013 appropriations process moved into a new  phase with the drafting of several appropriations bills providing significant  support for physics and related research programs.

20 Apr 2012

As  she concluded an important appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 NASA budget  request, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Barbara  Mikulski (D-MD) explained that she anticipates marking up the subcommittee’s  bill “sometime in mid- to late April.”   Mikulski’s subcommittee held the last of four House and Senate  authorization and appropriations hearings last month, setting the stage for  what will likely be a difficult process of weighing competing interests as NASA’s  FY 2013 budget is developed.

13 Apr 2012

The ISS [International Space Station] is an  extraordinary engineering achievement. And it is a remarkably successful  international collaboration that presents us an unprecedented opportunity to accomplish  beneficial scientific research. I would like to see the ISS live up to its  promising potential. I would like to see it enable scientists and researchers  to do innovative research – the kind of life-saving biomedical research – that  can only be done in space.

13 Apr 2012

Four hours of congressional hearings during the last two weeks found little support for the Obama Administration’s decision to cancel NASA’s Constellation program.  Although the tone of the Senate and House hearings was less strident than that of an earlier House appropriations subcommittee hearing that OSTP Director John Holdren testified at, it is clear that opposition to this plan is both deep and bipartisan on both sides of the Capitol.

5 Mar 2010

The following FYI provides additional figures regarding the FY 2011 Administration budget requests for NASA and a Department of Education STEM education program.  Individual FYIs reviewing the below requests can be viewed at “Federal budget requests -- FY 2011.”This page will also contain FYIs relating to actions taken by congressional committees under the heading “Latest Congressional budget action - FY 2011" by department or agency.

23 Feb 2010

“I can tell you other Members on both sides of the aisle are not pleased with the way the President's message about the future of human spaceflight has been received.” - Senator Bill Nelson

18 Feb 2010

The Administration’s $19 billion fiscal year  2011 NASA budget request   dramatically reorients NASA’s priorities, providing increases to key Science  Mission Directorate divisions, refocusing NASA’s climate monitoring  responsibilities, and cuts spending on the much debated Constellation program.
Figures are rounded.

Total NASA:

Up 1.5 percent or $276 million from $18,724 million to $19,000 million.
even major sections within the NASA’s  budget request are:

4 Feb 2010

On January 20, Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN)  gaveled the first hearing of the House Committee on Science and Technology of  2010 into session, beginning what will be a legacy effort to reauthorize the  America COMPETES Act (see FYI #84) set to expire at  the end of this fiscal year.

Gordon provided an overview of the committee’s work in 2010 saying:

28 Jan 2010

Members of the House  Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics expressed frustration at a hearing last  month about what they and a prominent planetary scientist charged was the Obama  Administration’s lack of commitment to two missions to Mars in 2016 and  2018.   A senior NASA official testified that the  Administration’s decision about these missions would be announced with the  release of NASA’s FY 2013 budget request in early February.

14 Dec 2011

“Research  is a primary driver of innovation, growth and job creation, and these  investments must be preserved, even in times of budgetary austerity.” – Rep.  Frank Wolf

“So  we are out there winning the Nobel Prizes, but our bill lays the groundwork for  winning the markets.” – Senator Barbara Mikulski

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22 Nov 2011


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