Supplemental appropriations legislation (HR 2642) to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as some domestic programs remains on hold until Congress returns from the Memorial Day recess in early June.

On 22 May 2008, the Senate passed the measure, containing both war funding and domestic spending amendments by veto proof majorities, 70-26 and 75-22, respectively. In addition to the $165 billion approved for emergency war spending, the Senate allocated billions for a number of domestic programs, including $1.2 billion for scientific research. If passed, the National Science Foundation would receive a total of $200 million, $150 million for the Research and Related Activities account and $50 million for Education and Human Resources Directorate. The Department of Energy Office of Science would receive $100 million.

The fate of the legislation in the House of Representatives remains uncertain. Some House Republicans and the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats oppose the legislation because of its cost, and some progressive Democrats oppose the legislation due to its war funding. Additionally, the White House has threatened to veto the measure, citing serious concerns about domestic spending levels above the President’s budget request.

 


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