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House Approves NSF Appropriations Bill

May 18, 2012—The House of Representatives May 10 approved, 247-163, the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill (H.R. 5326, H. Rept. 112-463), which provides $7.4 million for the National Science Foundation (NSF), a $340 million (4.8 percent) increase over the FY 2012-enacted level. The House approved the spending bill after considering several amendments related to NSF funding levels.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) proposed an amendment (H.Amdt. 1058), which failed 121-291, to reduce funding for NSF research and related activities by $1.2 billion. Also unsuccessful was an amendment by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to reduce the total funding in the bill by 1 percent across the board.

The House, however, approved 218-208, another amendment (H.Amdt. 1094) sponsored by Rep. Flake prohibiting the use of funds for the Political Science Program in the NSF’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) offered an amendment (H.Amdt.1090) to reduce funds in numerous administrative accounts, which included a $4,140 cut to the NSF Agency Operations and Award Management and a $1,250 cut to the NSF National Science Board. The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rodgers (R-Ky.) said in a May 10 statement that the legislation “funds important programs at adequate, responsible levels while cutting spending. Not all of these decisions were easy to make, and I am proud of the work that my Committee has done to ensure efficiency and sustainability in these federal budgets.”

The bill was approved by the House Appropriation Committee April 26 [see Washington Highlights, April 27]. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its CJS appropriations bill April 19 [see Washington Highlights, April 20], but the bill has not been scheduled for floor action.


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418


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