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The Obama Administration has requested an 8.0 percent increase for the National Science Foundation in FY 2011.  The requested increase of $551.9 million to $7,424.4 million is notable at a time when most of the request for discretionary spending is flat.  NSF Director Arden Bement said at a budget briefing on Monday that “In fact, the essence of NSF's 2011 Budget Request is the reaffirmation of the agency's roots as the nation's wellspring of scientific innovation.”

4 Feb 2010

The recently-released “Science and Engineering Indicators 2010" has an insightful chapter on the public’s understanding of science, and attitudes about scientists and S&T.  The chapter commented on the importance of the public’s attitudes as follows:

26 Jan 2010

“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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Yesterday the House and Senate passed H.R. 2112, providing funding  for the National Science Foundation.  The  President signed this appropriations bill into law today.  Accompanying this bill is the Joint  Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference, which is the second  section of House Report 112-284.  This  statement provides important language setting forth the recommendations and  specific guidance of House and Senate appropriators. 

18 Nov 2011

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FY  2012 Appropriations for NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National  Science Foundation:

Moments  ago the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 298-121 the FY 2012 appropriations  bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and  Technology, and the National Science Foundation.  Under this legislation funding for the three  agencies would change as follows (as compared to the current level):

17 Nov 2011

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14 Nov 2011

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Yesterday  the full Senate passed its version of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science  Appropriations Bill.  There were no  changes in the bill’s original committee language pertaining to NASA, the  National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science  Foundation.  Passage of this legislation  positions it for a conference between House and Senate appropriators to develop  a final, compromise funding bill.

2 Nov 2011

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In an effort to get the FY  2012 appropriations bills passed, the Senate is taking a new approach by  bundling three of the twelve funding measures into a single bill.  One of those three bills is the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  The Senate considered this legislation during  several days of floor debate last week, with a final vote on passage scheduled  for next week.

25 Oct 2011

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27 Sep 2011

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The  Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the National  Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

21 Sep 2011

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