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ISSUE: Science Research Budgets
Congress has begun consideration of the President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2008, which begins October 1. While no appropriations bills have been marked up as of press time, the House and Senate have sent positive signals for science research funding through their respective Budget Resolutions.
The Budget Resolution, which sets non-binding spending goals and contains a cap for federal discretionary spending, provided funding for the $1.2 billion in increases requested by the President for the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It provided an additional $450 million for scientific research and education. The “Sense of the House” section of the Resolution states that the “resolution will put us on the path toward doubling funding for the National Science Foundation, basic research in the physical sciences across all agencies, and collaborative research partnerships; and toward achieving energy independence through the development of clean and sustainable alternative energy technologies.”
In its original form, the Senate Budget Resolution did not provide sufficient funding for the President’s requested increases for DOE Science, NSF, and the NIST Labs. Senators Bingaman (D-NM) and Alexander (R-TN) offered an amendment to provide an addition $1 billion for the requested increases and other science and math education and research measures. The amendment passed overwhelmingly by a 97-1 vote. Conferees are reconciling the differences between the House and Senate resolutions.
The House began marking up its appropriations bills in May; the Senate will do so in June. See AAAS's website to track the progress.
ISSUE: Nuclear Forensics Study