A roller coaster ride at the NSF

For the past several weeks, the National Science Foundation has had its fair share of air time on Capitol Hill. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act has been winding its way through the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee since November, and it was finally debated by the full committee two…

House weighs in on NSF appropriations

Today, the U.S. House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee held a hearing on their funding bill for fiscal 2015. The CJS appropriations subcommittee allocates money for many government agencies, including the National Science Foundation. And if CJS committee members have their way, the NSF will receive a significant bump in its budget…

A tight deadline for appropriations

With passage of the recent bipartisan budget agreement, members of the appropriations committees now get to work crafting bills that will fund federal agencies for the rest of fiscal 2014. However, the deadline to pass these bills is Jan. 15, which will leave legislators the task of deciding on and agreeing to spending levels for…

Looking ahead: Is sequestration here to stay?

In 2011, the Budget Control Act established caps for discretionary spending by the federal government through 2021. This codified the maximum amount the government could spend on the discretionary portion of the budget, which includes programs such as science funding, defense, and infrastructure. Further, if federal spending exceeds that year’s BCA-established cap, then sequestration, or…

The appropriations process comes to a screeching halt

Yesterday, the U.S. House appropriations process broke down amid the strains of budgeting under sequestration. The House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill was pulled from the floor of the chamber before a final vote could take place. Support for the measure, which would have been the first nondefense discretionary spending bill debated by…

Smoke, mirrors and science funding

The summer is an eventful time for federal appropriations. Subcommittees review their agency portfolios and assign spending levels, bills are marked up and passed on to the full appropriations committee and eventually these bills make it to the floor of the House or Senate for debate and final passage. The summer of 2013 has been…

A busy week for federal spending for scientific research

The dust is finally settling over the fiscal 2013 appropriations process just as the FY14 process begins. Yesterday, the National Science Foundation released the final fiscal 2013 budgets for each directorate. The agency’s overall appropriation is $6.8 billion after accounting for sequestration. Of interest to ASBMB members, the Directorate of Biological Sciences will have a…