In Context: Congressional Support for DOE Physics, FY 1991-1996

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Publication date: 
7 November 1995
Number: 
158

In the year since the 1994 congressional elections there has been
continual discussion about the effects which a reduction in federal
spending would have on physics-related programs.  With the recent
passage of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, it
is possible to put into historical context how this Congress has
reacted to Department of Energy requests for physics research
programs.

The below figures provides the percentage of the DOE request which
Congress provided for Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy, High
Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics research programs.   The years
shown are fiscal years; congressional action occurred the year
before.

BASIC ENERGY SCIENCES (provides funding for materials sciences and
other physics-related research, in addition to research in other
areas):

1991     90.6%
1992    107.0%
1993    105.6%
1994    100.0%
1995    100.8%
1996     97.6%

FUSION ENERGY:

1991     84.6%
1992    100.0%
1993     94.4%
1994    100.0%
1995    100.0%
1996     66.7%

HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS (Does not include SSC; terminated in FY 1994):

1991    100.0%
1992     95.7%
1993     97.2%
1994    100.0%
1995    104.0%
1996     97.3%

NUCLEAR PHYSICS:

1991    100.0%
1992    103.5%
1993     85.0%
1994    109.6%
1995    111.3%
1996     94.8%   

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