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NSF Congressional Highlight

Congress Passes FY09 Omnibus Bill

March 10, 2009

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, almost six months after the beginning of the fiscal year, the Senate approved the $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill for FY09, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote after voting 62-35 to cut off debate. The House passed the bill February 25, 2009 by a vote of 245-178, with 8 not voting.

The National Science Foundation received a total of $6.49 billion for FY09. Please see chart below for details.


FY08 Current Plan

FY09 Request

FY09 Final
Research and Related Activities1
Emer. Appro. P.L. 101-252
$5,593.99 $5,183.10
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Education and Human Resources
Emer. Appro. P.L. 101-252
790.41 845.26
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Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction 220.74 147.51 152.01
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Agency Operations and Award Management 281.79 305.06 294.00
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National Science Board 3.97 4.03 4.03
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Office of Inspector General 11.43 13.10 12.00
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Rescission required under
P.L. 110-1612
To compare, rescission and FY08 supp. not included
$ 6,094.50

$ 6,854.10 $ 6,490.40

+7% over FY08 CP

1 Funding for EPSCoR was transferred to the RRA appropriation in FY08. It was previously funded with the EHR appropriation. Use "Back" to return to text.

2 P.L. 110-161 requires the rescission of $33 million from prior year unobligated balances. Use "Back" to return to text.