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NSF & Congress
Congressional Highlights

NSF CONGRESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS - 106th CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

October 12, 2000
Final VA-HUD Agreement Passed by the Senate
On Thursday, October 12, 2000 the Senate passed H.R. 4635 - the final Senate VA-HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations legislation for FY 2001. The vote was 87-8. The legislation contains final congressional recommendations for the NSF in FY 2001 even though the legislation is not considered an official House-Senate conference report due to procedural reasons. It is expected that the House will quickly take up the agreement and pass it without amendment. Full Highlight

September 13, 2000
Senate Appropriations Committee Marks up NSF Budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on VA-HUD and Independent Agencies met this morning to mark up their FY 2001 bill, followed by a full Senate Appropriations Committee mark up in the afternoon. The Senate mark would provide NSF with an increase of $400 million over FY 2000, for a total for $4.297 billion. This represents an increase of 10.26%. Full Highlight

May 24, 2000
House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies FY 01 Mark-up for NSF
At a May 23rd session, after commenting in his opening remarks that the NSF research, major research equipment, and education and human resources accounts were "deserving of greater support," Chairman James Walsh preceded with the mark-up of the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies FY 2001 appropriations bill. Other members of the committee similarly bemoaned the tight budget allocations provided to the subcommittee, which were approximately $2.2 billion less than a freeze from last year's figure. Full Highlight

May 4, 2000
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA/HUD Hearing on NSF Appropriations/OSTP
Chairman Kit Bond (R-M) opened the hearing on NSF's budget request by noting that "federal investment in science is critical for our economic well-being," and that he is "intrigued" by the Administration's FY01 request for NSF. The requested 17.3 percent increase of $675 million would raise the foundation's budget to $4.57 billion. "There is nothing I would rather do," he said, than to convince his colleagues to support NSF's "vastly needed" request. Full Highlight

 

NSF CONGRESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS - 106th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION

October 18, 1999
Senate Passes FY 2000 Conference Report for VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies
By a vote of 93-5, the Senate passed the final version the FY 2000 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act on October 15. This legislation includes funding for the VA, HUD, EPA, NASA, national service as well as the National Science Foundation. The House passed the compromise bill on October 14th. President Clinton has indicated that he will sign the bill. Full Highlight

October 14, 1999
House Passes FY 2000 Conference Report for VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies
On October 14, the House of Representatives debated and passed the conference report -- H.Rept 106-379 -- accompanying H.R. 2684, FY 2000 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act. This legislation includes funding for the VA, HUD, EPA, NASA, national service as well as the National Science Foundation. The Senate is expected to consider the conference report early next week and the Clinton administration has expressed support for the bill. Full Highlight

October 7, 1999
House and Senate Conferees Meet
On October 7, House and Senate conferees met to resolve their differences on the funding for agencies and programs in the FY 2000 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act. This legislation includes funding for the VA, HUD, EPA, NASA, national service as well as the National Science Foundation. Full Highlight

July 27, 1999
House Appropriations Subcommittee Mark-Up
Late on the afternoon of July 26th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent agencies marked up the FY 2000 appropriatons bill for the various agencies under the subcommittee's jurisdiction. This includes NSF, NASA, VA, HUD, EPA and numerous other independent agencies. As a result of the caps on spending brought on by the Balanced Budget Act, the subcommittee was forced to deal with a severe reduction in domestic discretionary spending from the level it had to work with last year. Full Highlight

July 9, 1999
Congress Returns After Recess
Congress returns to work on Monday, July 12th after a week-long Fourth of July recess. The House will consider legislation under the suspension calendar on Monday and then return to work on FY 2000 Interior and Military Construction appropriations bills on Tuesday and for the balance of the week. The Senate will begin the week by considering Patient's Bill of Rights legislation. Full Highlight

March 22, 1999
Budget Round-Up
Last week, the House and Senate Committees reported out budget resolutions for FY2000. Both the House and the Senate plans are similar, but differences remain especially regarding the treatment of Medicare. Speaker of the House Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Lott have both said that a final budget agreement between the House and the Senate will be passed by April 15. Full Highlight

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

 

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