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NSF Congressional Highlight
House Appropriations Committee Adds $70M to NSF Budget

June 25, 1998

Earlier today, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out its version of the FY99 VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. This bill contains funding for NSF -- as well as the VA, HUD, NASA, EPA, and numerous other independent agencies.

During the mark up, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) successfully offered an amendment to increase the ceiling on FHA loans made by the Federal Housing Administration. As part of this amendment, an additional $70 million was added to NSF research and related activities and an additional $10 million was added to VA medical research.

The effect of this successful amendment is a House bill that seeks to provide NSF with a total FY99 appropriation of $3.697 billion. This is $268 million or 8% more than the FY98 level, $76 million less than the request, and $53 million more than the Senate's recommendation.

For research and related activities, the Committee's bill will recommend $2.815 billion. This is $269 more than the FY98 level, $32 million less than the request, and $90 million more than the Senate's recommendation. Within this appropriation, the Committee would hold funding for earth sciences, ocean sciences, and atmospheric sciences at no less than their FY99 request levels of $106 million, $230 million, and $170 million, respectively.

For major research equipment, the Committee is recommending a total of $90 million, down $4 million from the request and the Senate mark. The House committee deferred, without prejudice, the funding for the Polar Cap Observatory (PCO). Instead, the House subcommittee provided additional funding for the ongoing South Pole Station modernization project. However the committee report is expected to suggest that if the issues currently holding up the PCO project are resolved in the near future, the committee would reconsider its deferral of support for PCO.

For Education and Human Resources, the Committee is providing a total of $642.5 million -- this is $10 million more than FY98 but $40 million less than the request and the Senate mark of $683 million. Within this account the Committee has added $5 million to the request for informal science education and $7.5 million for continuation of a minority graduate education activity.

For both the Salaries and Expenses and Office of Inspector General, the House Committee has provided the budget requests of $144 million and $5.2 million, respectively. The Senate bill proposes to cut the Salaries and Expenses account by $7 million from the request level of $144 million.

Additional details will be available as soon as the Committee files and releases its report that will accompany the FY99 appropriations bill.

We expect House and Senate floor action on the FY99 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill about the middle of July after the Congress returns from the July 4th recess.

Account

FY98

Request

Authorization

House

Senate

Final

RRA

2546

2847

2847

2815

2725

 

EHR

633

683

683

643

683

 

MRE

109

94

94

90

94

 

S&E

137

144

144

144

137

 

OIG

5

5

5

5

5

 

Total

3429

3773

3773

3697

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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