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Senate Appropriations Committee Unanimously Approves FY 2015 CJS Spending Bill

June 6, 2014—In a unanimous vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee June 5 approved the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) spending bill, which was previously approved in subcommittee on June 3 by voice vote.

The bill provides $7.2 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), an $83 million (1.2 percent) increase over the FY 2014 level, and $154.6 million (2.1 percent) below the House bill [see Washington Highlights, May 30, 2014].

Within this total, the bill provides $5.839 billion for NSF research and related activities, a $30 million (0.5 percent) increase over FY 2014, and $140 million (2.3 percent) below the House bill.

According to the Senate CJS Appropriations Subcommittee summary, the increase will allow NSF to “provide 140 more competitive grants supporting 2,000 more technicians, teachers, scientists, and students in fiscal year 2015.” The summary also notes the bill funds research “that not only wins Nobel prizes, but also makes our lives better.”


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418


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