On 30 July 2007, the House approved fiscal year (FY) 2008 funding legislation for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) and related agencies (H.R. 3093). The legislation funds various federal science agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and within the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The legislation, now awaiting Senate action, would provide $6.509 billion for NSF; $80 million over the FY 2008 request and just over $590 million more than the FY 2007 enacted level. Of the $6.509 billion, Research and Related Activities (R&RA) would receive roughly $5.14 billion and the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account would be provided $244.7 million.
The House’s CJS appropriations legislation would provide $17.62 billion for NASA, $162 million more than the current Senate plan. Roughly $4 billion would be provided in discretionary appropriations for NOAA; $140.9 million over the request and $56.9 million over FY 2007 enacted appropriations. Of the $4 billion, $2.85 billion of direct appropriations would be provided to Operations, Research, and Facilities, $448.9 million for the National Oceanic Service, $811.5 million for the National Weather Service, and $702.4 million for the National Marine Fisheries Service.
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