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Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to complete action on a $1.1trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.

10 Dec 2014

The agenda for the November 14 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) was wide-ranging, with upbeat briefings on NASA science, corporate investments in the BRAIN Initiative, DARPA, and the federal government’s response to Ebola.   PCAST is co-chaired by OSTP Director John Holdren and Eric Lander, President and Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

3 Dec 2014

The House and Senate have reached agreement on final FY 2001 funding for NASA, as part of the combined Energy and Water Development and VA/HUD appropriations conference report. Under the conference report, which President Clinton is expected to sign, NASA would receive a very healthy $14,285.3 million. This is more than Clinton, the House, or the Senate had previously proposed for the fiscal year that began on October 1. This funding level is 5.0% ($685.0 million) greater than NASA's FY 2000 appropriation, and 1.8% ($250.0 million) higher than the President's request.

26 Oct 2000

A September 13 hearing of the House Science Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee showed that many Members of Congress are ready to put NASA's Mars program failures behind them and are looking forward to great achievements from the agency's Office of Space Science. "Despite a number of problems," said subcommittee chairman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), "I believe NASA's space science program remains its greatest success." The hearing profiled the agency's FY 2000 space science achievements and looked at the current status of some projects.

20 Sep 2000

The final FY 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at $17.3 billion, less than earlier amounts recommended by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, but meeting the budget proposal of President Bush. While the funding is a 5.2% increase over FY 2007 and respectable given the overall restrictions on the federal budget, the spending focus is heavy on manned space programs and light on science.

8 Jan 2008

On June 7, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up H.R. 4635, the FY 2001 VA/HUD appropriations bill. Under the bill, NASA would receive $13,713.6 million, an increase of 0.8 percent over the agency's FY 2000 budget, but 2.3 percent less than the Administration's FY 2001 request. Below are the Committee's recommendations for selected accounts within NASA, and related quotes from its report (H. Rpt. 106-674). Space science and life and microgravity science would see substantial increases over current funding.

16 Jun 2000

Working with extremely tight money, the House VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee has completed work on its FY 2001 bill. The numbers, when compared to the Clinton Administration's original request, are, in many instances, sobering.

The administration requested a 17.3%, or $675 million, increase for the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION over the current budget. The subcommittee bill provided an increase of 4.3%, or $167 million.

26 May 2000

The House and Senate appropriations committees met last week to divide the $600 billion pie for FY 2001, and at the end of process, the subcommittees funding NSF and NASA both came up short. The chairmen of the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations subcommittees are now faced with essentially doing more with less, with the possible outcome being disappointing budgets for NSF and NASA.

9 May 2000

In September 1999, NASA flew the $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter into the red planet, turning an advanced science platform into so much junk burning up in the Martian atmosphere. In December 1999, NASA repeated the feat and crashed the $185 Mars Polar Lander as well." - House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

11 Jul 2000

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