From Entomological Society of America—-Senate FY 2015 NSF Funding Bill Stalls in the Senate
As Congress continues to consider its spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2015, the fate of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), remains uncertain. The Senate’s version of the legislation was part of an appropriations package that was recently pulled from the Senate floor, and it is unclear when it will move forward.
The Senate’s version of the CJS legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 5. The bill would provide $7.255 billion for NSF, which is an $83.1 million (1.2 percent) increase over last year’s level. Included in the NSF budget would be $5.839 billion for the Research & Related Activities account.
As reported in last month’s Policy Newsletter, on May 30 the House passed their version of the legislation, which would fund NSF at a level of $7.404 billion. The report accompanying the House bill also includes language encouraging NSF to continue efforts to learn more about the prevalence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by “funding meritorious Lyme disease research proposals that fully meet NSF’s peer review standards.”
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