Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

June 15, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


Senate Appropriations approved the Commerce Justice Science bill providing funding for key science agencies National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among other programs.  The bill funds NSF at FY15 levels, and increases NASA’s budget slightly over the FY15 allocation, but at $229 million less than the President’s budget request and the House companion bill. Source: Senate Appropriations Committee; Space News


Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid threatened to use procedural maneuvers to force a budget deal in Congress.  Reid promised to filibuster all spending bills from going to the Senate floor and is backed by the Obama administration who threatened to veto spending bills that maintain the sequester levels of funding. Source: Politico


The House passed the FY16 Defense Appropriations bill that cuts basic research by 7%. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported their defense bill that increases basic research funding. Sources: Senate Appropriations Committee; House Appropriations Committee

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