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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Advance NSF Spending Bills

July 19, 2013—Appropriations Committees in the House July 17 and the Senate July 18 approved their respective FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) spending bills, providing funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The House bill, approved by voice vote, provides $6.995 billion for NSF in FY 2014, a $111 million (1.6 percent) increase above the FY 2013 funding levels after sequestration. Within this total, the bill provides $5.676 billion for research and related activities, a $132 million (2.4 percent) increase above the FY 2013 funding levels after sequestration.

House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Frank Wolf (R-Va.), said the House “focused limited resources on the most critical areas,” which included “boosting U.S. competitiveness and job creation by investing in science, exports and manufacturing.”

The committee considered several amendments unrelated to NSF, but defeated an amendment from Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) to increase funding for the agency in FY 2014.

The Senate bill, approved 21-9, provides $7.4 billion for NSF in FY 2014. While the committee report is not yet available, the bill summary indicates the increase will provide funding for “1,350 more research grants” and will support “15,550 more technicians, researchers, students, [and] teachers.”  However, the Senate bill also assumes sequestration will be cancelled in FY 2014.

Despite both chambers providing increases over the FY 2013 funding levels after sequestration, both bills fall short of the president’s FY 2014 budget request of $7.626 billion for the NSF, including $6.212 billion for NSF research and related activities [see Washington Highlights, April 12].


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418



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