Both chambers of Congress continue to work toward a supplemental appropriations bill that would, if passed, provide war funding, set policy limitations on the war, and provide increased funding to some domestic programs that did not receive adequate funding for the current fiscal year. The House version of the appropriations legislation faces opposition from Republicans who oppose the price tag and the domestic spending, blue dog Democrats who oppose the spending because it violates budget rules, and progressive Democrats who want war funding tied to troop withdrawals.

Chairwoman of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), announced on 8 May that the Senate version of the emergency supplemental appropriations package would include an additional $200 million for the National Science Foundation. In a press statement, Mikulski said she understands the importance of “investments in basic research and science education. She has provided $150 million for NSF to support approximately 500 additional research grants in the basic sciences. Investments in basic research are critically important to the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. economy by creating new technologies, new industries and higher paying jobs.” An extra $50 million has also been included to increase NSF scholarship funding.

If passed, the emergency supplemental could total nearly $250 billion.

 


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