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NSF Slated for Increase in House and Senate CJS Appropriations Bills

April 20, 2012—The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittees in the House April 19 and Senate April 17 marked up draft appropriations bills for FY 2013, both proposing increases for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the spending bill April 19.

According to a summary released by the Senate subcommittee and the draft House bill, both panels propose $7.3 billion for NSF in FY 2013, a $299 million (2.8 percent) increase over the FY 2012 enacted level. Within that total, the House bill proposes $5.94 billion for NSF research and related activities, a $270 million (4.8 percent) increase over the FY 2012 enacted level. In his opening statement Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) noted that the NSF funding “will go toward the types of research that will keep America’s economy strong.”

The House and Senate proposals fall short of the president’s FY 2013 budget proposal of $7.4 billion for the NSF, a $340 million (4.8 percent) increase over the FY 2012 enacted level.  The president’s budget requests $5.983 billion for research and related activities, a $294 million (5.2 percent) increase over the FY 2012-enacted level [See Washington Highlights, Feb. 17].

At its April 19 markup, the Senate Appropriations Committee also formally approved, 27-2, “302(b)” spending allocations indicating the total level of funding available for each of the committee’s 12 annual spending bills. The committee provides $157.7 billion for the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, a $1.4 billion (0.9 percent) increase over the funding provided for Labor-HHS-Education programs in the FY 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74).

Contact:

Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418
Email: akhalife@aamc.org

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