NSF & Congress
Actions on NSF Appropriations and Authorization Legislation
Aug. 7, 2015
The House and Senate are away for their district/state work period and will return after Labor Day.
On June 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) bill by a vote of 27-3. In addition to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the bill funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other related agencies. The day before, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies passed the bill by voice-vote.
The legislation would provide NSF with $7.3 billion, equal to current FY 2015 levels.
On the House side, on June 4, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS bill by a vote of 242–183.
Earlier on May 20, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS bill on a voice vote.
The House of Representatives approved the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) by a vote of 217-205 on May 20, 2015. The bill authorizes appropriations for NSF, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and others.
See also: NSF's Major Legislation webpage
For tools and resources about the impact on NSF's investments, please see the NSF Toolkit.
A special website for NSF Days is now available.
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