Well into the new fiscal year (FY), Congress continues to press for completion of the various FY 2008 appropriations measures that have yet to be signed into law. The Senate passed the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill (H.R. 3093) on 16 October. Following a prolonged floor debate and consideration of numerous amendments, the final version of the spending measure would provide $54.4 billion in discretionary funding for CJS programs, including the National Science Foundation. The Senate CJS level is just above the $53.6 billion approved by the House and roughly $3 billion above the President’s request.

Of the $54.4 billion in the Senate CJS bill, the National Science Foundation would receive $6.6 billion for FY 2008, which is $124 million above the President’s request, $636 million above the FY 2007 enacted level, and $44 million more than the House version of the bill. Included in the $6.6 billion, $850 million would be directed for education and training programs, $100 million above the President’s budget request. Research and related activities would receive $5.16 billion, which is $490 million above FY 2007 enacted level, and $24 million above the request.

The Bush Administration has indicated its opposition to the funding legislation stating, “…In combination with the other FY 2008 appropriations bills, it [CJS] includes an irresponsible and excessive level of spending and includes other objectionable provisions.”

 


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