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11 Jun 2015

This morning the full Senate Appropriations Committee met and approved by a vote of 27-3 their FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  The $51.1 billion bill provides funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The House passed its version of this bill earlier this month.

8 Jun 2015

“We have also prioritized the work the Department of Justice is doing in enforcing our laws. We have made sure that scientific research, space exploration are prioritized, and America will preserve its leadership in the world in space exploration.    We have made sure that weather forecasting is funded and taken care of” said Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) when describing his FY 2016 funding bill on the House floor. 

2 Jun 2015

The House of Representatives has started its multi-day consideration of H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Yesterday evening the White House issued a seven-page Statement of Administration Policy announcing its strong opposition to the bill, signaling the President’s intention to veto the legislation.

29 May 2015

“So the bill was passed” reported the May 20 Congressional Record on the 217 to 205 vote of the House of Representatives on H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. 

21 May 2015

The full House Appropriations Committee met yesterday and approved by voice vote the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Under this bill, NSF funding would increase $50.0 million or 0.7 percent in the new fiscal year.

19 May 2015

Tomorrow morning the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Yesterday evening the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on the bill, warning “If the President were presented with H.R. 1806, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” 

15 May 2015

It took about one hour yesterday for the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee to approve its FY 2016 bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The 100-page bill was passed by voice vote without any amendments being offered.

13 May 2015

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets tomorrow to consider its FY 2016 funding bill.  The subcommittee issued a three-page release this morning providing summary information on the 100-page draft bill. 

12 May 2015

This is an important month for the National Science Foundation on Capitol Hill.  On Thursday, House appropriators will mark up their FY 2016 bill providing funding for the National Science Foundation.  The full House may consider the America COMPETES bill, authorizing NSF and its programs for FY 2016 and FY 2017.

27 Apr 2015

Last week’s approval by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee of a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act was fully expected.  Expected too – with only minor exception – were the straight party line recorded votes on unsuccessful amendments to the bill and its final passage sending it to the House floor.

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