HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE MAINTAINS CURRENT FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Created by on 07/12/2011
On July 7th, the House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations bill. The legislation provides the National Science Foundation (NSF) with $6.9 billion, a level equal to the enacted FY 2011 level and $907 million below the President’s FY 2012 request of $7.8 billion. Funding for specific programs within the NSF budget include:
- Research and Related Activities - $5.606 billion ($43 million above the FY 2011 enacted level of $5.563 billion)
- Major Facilities and Equipment - $100 million ($17 million below the FY 2011 enacted level of $117 million)
- Education and Human Resources - $835 million ($26 million below the FY 2011 enacted level of $861 million)
- National Science Board - $4.5 million (equal to FY 2011 enacted level)
A press release summarizing the bill states, “Within this funding, NSF’s core research is increased by $43 million to enhance basic research that is critical to innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness.” The science title of the legislation also provides three million for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and $16.8 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but prevents these agencies from engaging in bilateral activities with China unless authorized by Congress.
In his opening statement, CJS Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) said, “The bill represents our best take on matching needs with scarce resources. I am pleased that it makes critical investments in national security, job creation, and the sciences.” A mark-up summary table, the complete bill text, and statements by Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) are available on the subcommittee website. The full committee plans to mark up the FY 2012 CJS Appropriations bill on July 13th.