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NSF Congressional Highlight
Full Senate Appropriations Committee Mark Up

June 12, 1998

On June 11, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out a number of FY99 appropriations bills -- including the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for FY99. This is the bill that contains funding for NSF, as well as the Veterans Department, Housing and Urban Development Department, EPA, NASA, OSTP, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a number of other independent agencies.

For NSF, the Committee ratified the funding recommendations made by the VA HUD Subcommittee on June 9 (these are re-described below). Some additional items were added to the committee's forthcoming report that will accompany the bill. For example, for NSF, additional supportive language was added on behavioral and social sciences research by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI). We will distribute additional details on the committee's report as soon as it becomes available which is expected within the next day or two.

For NSF, the Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending a total FY99 appropriation of $3.644 billion -- this is $215 million or 6.3% more than the FY98 level but $129 million less than the President's request for NSF.

For Research and related activities, the committee is recommending an appropriation of $2.725 billion -- an increase of $179 million over last year's level, but $122 million less than the request for FY99. Within the appropriation for the research account, the subcommittee makes the following changes to the request:

  • +$10M to enhance NSF's ongoing plant genome research;
  • +$24M for arctic logistics support -- based on the 1987 NSB report on the role of the NSF in polar regions and a 1997 report from the Arctic Research Commission;
  • +$ 6M for information technology research centers under KDI
  • +$12M for additional Science and Technology Centers in applied molecular biology; and
  • +$ 2M for HBCU undergraduate support.

For the Major Research Equipment appropriation, the subcommittee is recommending the budget request of $94M; however, it has specifically denied funds for the Polar Cap Observatory. The Senate Committee's report is expected, however, to be supportive of the need to modernize the South Pole Station based on January 1998 site visit of the Senate Appropriations Committee to the Antarctic. The Committee's report also specifically calls out support for the Large Hadron Collider and second-year support for the Millimeter Array Radio Telescope.

For Education and Human Resources, the subcommittee has provided the budget request of $683M, but makes the following changes to the budget request:

  • +$10M for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Reseach (EPSCOR);
  • +$10M for informal science education; and
  • +$ 6M for HBCU undergraduate support.

The Committee's report is expected to refer to both the TIMMS (K-12) and recent Carneigie Foundation (undergraduate education) reports and to call for NSF to prepare a strategic plan as to how it will address these issues.

For Salaries and Expenses, the subcommittee has elected to freeze the S&E account at the FY98 level of $137M. The Office of Inspector General is funded at the request level of $5.2M.

The House Appropriation Subcommittee is expected to mark up its version of this appropriations bill on June 18.

Account

FY98

Request

Authorization

House

Senate

Final

RRA

2546

2847

2847

 

2725

 

EHR

633

683

683

 

683

 

MRE

109

94

94

 

94

 

S&E

137

144

144

 

137

 

OIG

5

5

5

 

5

 

Total

3429

3773

3773

 

3644

 

RRA -- Research and related activities
EHR -- Education and human resources
MRE -- Major research equipment
S&E -- Salaries and expenses
OIG -- Office of Inspector General

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