House Spending Panel Backs NSF NASA Science

Within NSF, the CJS bill would boost NSF’s research portfolio by 2.9% over current spending levels, to $5.98 billion. In contrast, the administration requested flat funding for research. Legislators would allocate $31 million more for education programs, to $876 million. That’s a $14 million drop from the administration’s request for $890 million. New construction would be funded at the requested and current level, which is $200 million. NSF would also get a $37 million boost in operating expenses, most of which would go toward preparing for its 2017 move to new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.The NASA request for science includes $100 million to continue planning a mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, well above the White House’s $15 million request. As in previous spending bills, it would also cap the overall cost of building the James Webb Space Telescope at $8 billion.Core research programs at NIST would get $671.5 million, an increase of $20.5 million, or 3.1%, over 2014 levels. But that is $8.5 million less than the $680 million the White House had requested. Overall, the House panel would give NIST a $5.8 million increase to $856 million, about $44 million below the president’s request.At NOAA, the House panel would hold spending flat at about $5.3 billion, below the administration’s $5.5 billion request. The bill provides few details, but according to a committee press statement, the bill would give NOAA’s weather programs more than the White House request, while “denying proposed cuts to hurricane forecasting and tsunami warning grants.” Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA science programs would receive favorable treatment in a 2015 budget bill drafted by a House of Representatives spending panel. Despite an overall cut of 1% in the overall allocation to the House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee, legislators are proposing a 3.3% boost for NSF, to $7.4 billion, and a 1% hike to NASA science programs, to nearly $5.2 billion. Those increases compare with a 1.2% increase requested by President Barack Obama for NSF and a 3.8% cut for NASA science. But the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would get less than the White House had requested.“This legislation reduces discretionary spending while continuing to preserve core priorities such as job creation, fighting crime, gangs, terrorism and human trafficking, bolstering cybersecurity, and boosting U.S. competitiveness through smart investments in science and space exploration,” said CJS subcommittee Chair Frank Wolf in a press statement today. The panel will meet tomorrow to vote on the spending levels.The legislation is one of 12 appropriations bills that Republican leaders hope the entire House of Representatives will adopt by the July recess. The Democrat-led Senate hopes to do its part as well, although most Washington observers expect Congress to extend current spending levels into the 2015 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October, and then take up a permanent spending bill after the November elections. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country read more