On 19 June 2008, the House of Representatives passed H.R.2642, the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Supplemental Appropriations Act. The legislation contains funding for agencies authorized in the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69), including an additional $62.5 million in FY 2008 funding for the National Science Foundation and $62.5 million for the Department of Energy Office of Science.
"I am very pleased that this supplemental appropriations bills includes $400 million in additional FY08 funding for science programs, including $125 million to boost funding for critical programs at the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Office of Science that were authorized in the America COMPETES Act. This funding will help avert layoffs and job losses at our national labs and boost research and teacher training programs that are critical to our nation's competitiveness," said Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN), chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee.
The supplemental moved through the House as two amendments. The first amendment included $162 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and passed by a vote of 268-155. The second amendment was a $95.5 billion vehicle for various domestic spending programs, including scientific research, and passed by a wide majority of 416-12. The measure now moves to the Senate.
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