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NSF & Congress
Congressional Highlights

NSF CONGRESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS - 105th CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

October 2, 1998
Summary of FY99 Appropriations Conference Agreement for NSF
On October 1st, House and Senate conferees met and resolved their differences on the FY99 VA HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill. This bill contains funding for NSF as well as HUD, the VA, EPA, NASA, FEMA, and assorted other independent agencies. Full Highlight

July 30, 1998
House Passes NSF Appropriations Bill; President Signs NSF Authorization
On July 16th, the House of Representatives began debate on the FY99 VA HUD appropriations bill. This is the bill that contains funding for NSF - along with the Housing Department, EPA, NASA, the Veterans' Department, and numerous other federal agencies. The debate on the bill has taken place over the course of the last two weeks. Full Highlight

June 25, 1998
House Appropriations Committee Adds $70M to NSF Budget
Earlier today, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out its version of the FY99 VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. This bill contains funding for NSF -- as well as the VA, HUD, NASA, EPA, and numerous other independent agencies. Full Highlight

June 12, 1998
Full Senate Appropriations Committee Mark Up
On June 11, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out a number of FY99 appropriations bills -- including the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for FY99. This is the bill that contains funding for NSF, as well as the Veterans Department, Housing and Urban Development Department, EPA, NASA, OSTP, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a number of other independent agencies. Full Highlight

May 13, 1998
Senate Approves Bipartisan NSF Authorization Bill with Vote of 99-0
On Tuesday, May 12, 1998, the Senate passed a three-year NSF authorization bill, a step that clears the way for House action on the same legislation. During yesterday's brief debate, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee Chairman James Jeffords (R-VT) and Ranking Member Edward Kennedy (D-MA) each noted the historic bipartisan support that NSF has enjoyed throughout its history. Full Highlight

April 23, 1998
House Science Committee Hears NSF's Budget Request
In what will be his last appearance before the House Science Committee in his role as Director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Neal Lane presented the agency's FY 1999 budget request to receptive members of the Basic Science Subcommittee. Dr. John Hopcroft, Cornell University, also testified in support of the budget in his role as a member of the National Science Board. Full Highlight

NSF CONGRESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS - 105th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION

November 6, 1997
President Signs into Law Congress' 5% Increase for NSF's Fiscal Year 1998 Budget
On October 27, 1997, the President signed into law the FY 1998 VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act. This appropriation act includes funding for NSF as well as for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Veterans Administration, NASA, EPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and numerous other independent agencies. Full Highlight

October 1, 1997
House-Senate Conferees Agree to 5% Increase for NSF's Fiscal Year 1998 Budget
On September 30, 1997, House and Senate members of the VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees met and completed their conference on the FY98 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act. This appropriation bill includes funding for NSF as well as for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Veterans Administration, NASA, EPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and numerous other independent agencies. Full Highlight

July 28, 1997
Senate and House Action on NSF's FY 98 Budget
On July 22, the Senate passed by an overwhelming margin, S. 1034, the FY98 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. This bill includes funding for the National Science Foundation, as well as HUD, VA, EPA, NASA, FEMA, and numerous other agencies. For NSF, the Senate is recommending a total appropriation of $3.377 billion. This amount is $10 million more than the request and represents a 3.3% increase over the FY 1997 level. It is $110 million below the level recommended by the House. Full Highlight

July 18, 1997
Senate and House Action on NSF's FY 1998 Appropriation; House Recommends a 6.6% Increase
On July 17, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out the FY98 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. This bill includes funding for the National Science Foundation, as well as HUD, VA, EPA, NASA, FEMA, and numerous other agencies. The only change to the NSF portion of the bill from the way it was reported by the subcommittee on July 15, was the addition of report language concerning the location of an atmospheric science facility, known as the Polar Cap Observatory. PCO is part of the NSF budget request in its major research equipment account. Full Highlight

July 9, 1997
House Appropriations Committee Ratifies Subcommittee's Recommendation of a 6.6 Percent Increase for NSF
On July 8, 1997, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out the FY98 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. House floor action on this bill is expected in the next week or two. As most know, this bill contains funding for NSF, NASA, HUD, VA, EPA and a host of other independent agencies. The full committee mark up did not change the NSF portion of the bill as it was reported out by the VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on June 26. Full Highlight

June 25, 1997
House Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up NSF's FY 1998 Budget
On June 25, 1997, the House VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY98 VA HUD appropriation bill which contains funding for NSF, NASA, HUD, VA, EPA and a host of other independent agencies. For NSF the subcommittee is recommending a total of $3.487 billion. This represents an increase of 6.6% or $217 million over the FY 1997 level. Full Highlight

May 21, 1997
The Balanced Budget Agreement of 1997 -- What It Means for the National Science Foundation
On May 20, 1997, the House passed a budget resolution reflecting the bipartisan reached by the Congressional leadership and the White House last week. The budget agreement would balance the federal budget by 2002, provide tax relief totaling $85 billion, restrain the growth in discretionary spending, and attempt to slow the growth in Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs. Full Highlight

May 15, 1997
Highlights on the Hill
This week the House and Senate Budget Committees had hoped to mark-up versions of the Budget Agreement hammered out between congressional leaders and the White House. However, last minute snags have delayed markups as budget negotiators seek to find agreement on the final details of budget plan that would balance the budget by the year 2002. Full Highlight

April 11, 1997
Highlights on the Hill for this Week
It was a very busy week for NSF on Capitol Hill as several key hearings were held on various NSF programs. NSF Director Neal Lane testified on two separate occasions, once before the House VA/HUD subcommittee on the FY 1998 Budget Request for NSF and again before the House Basic Research Subcommittee on the new Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program. Full Highlight

March 26, 1997
Highlights on the Hill for this Week
Unfortunately, last-minute holds on all pending nominations prevented Senate confirmation of nominees to the National Science Board last week. It is hoped that the Senate will quickly move to consider these nominations upon return from Easter recess. The House and Senate are in Easter recess until April 8th. While legislators are in their districts, work on the budget and appropriations continue: congressional staff use this time to prepare for the upcoming hearings and legislation. Full Highlight

March 19, 1997
Highlights on the Hill for this Week
After being mired behind two highly controversial labor bills, nominations to the National Science Board reported out by the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, March 18, 1997. This clears the nominations for consideration on the Senate floor which could take place this week. Full Highlight

March 13, 1997
Highlights on the Hill for this Week
Work on a FY 1998 budget agreement continues slowly. House Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-TX) on Tuesday said that Republicans hope to take identical budget resolutions to the House and Senate floors during the first two weeks of May - while negotiations with the administration continue in the hopes of avoiding the conflict that marked previous budget negotiations. Some House GOP members have voiced frustration at the lack of a Republican alternative to the President's Budget. Full Highlight

January 29, 1997
Looking Ahead
The House and Senate are completing their organizational efforts as January draws to a close. We expect things to pick up in February with the state of the union address on February 4th and the budget being released on February 6th. Early action will focus on the Balanced Budget amendment and term limits with the House expected to act on the Balanced Budget amendment the first or second week in February. The Senate is on a similar time table. Full Highlight

For past years' highlights, see NSF & Congress Archive.

 

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