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NSF Congressional Highlight
House Appropriations Committee Ratifies Subcommittee's Recommendation of a 6.6 Percent Increase for NSF

July 9, 1997

On July 8, 1997, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up and reported out the FY98 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill. House floor action on this bill is expected in the next week or two. As most know, this bill contains funding for NSF, NASA, HUD, VA, EPA and a host of other independent agencies. The full committee mark up did not change the NSF portion of the bill as it was reported out by the VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on June 26. The Committee did opt to add report language calling on NSF to study the feasibility of establishing a national institute on the environment.

For NSF the committee is recommending a total of $3.487 billion. This represents an increase of 6.6% or $217 million over the FY 1997 level.

Of the $3.487 billion, $2.538 billion is provided for the research and related activities appropriation. This is $105.7 million -- or 4.3% -- more than the FY 97 level and $23 million more than the request. The additional funds provided to the research account are for the following activities: $13 million to augment NSF's participation in the Next Generation Internet project; $4M for the Gemini telescopes; $1M for the U.S. Mexico Foundation; and $5 million for the orderly phase out of supercomputer centers not selected in the new Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure program.

In the Major Research Equipment account, which supports the construction and acquisition of very large expensive, unique research facilities, the committee is recommending a total of $175 million, $90 million more than requested, but equal to the amount contained in the House-passed authorization bill. Within this recommendation the subcommittee has provided the request for the Polar Cap Observatory, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, and the Millimeter Array radio telescope. Together with the $25 million request, the additional funds provided by the committee are to support the modernization of the South Pole station.

In Education and Human Resources, the committee provided a total of $632.5 million which is $7 million over the request. Of the additional $7 million: $5 million is for minority graduate education and $2 million is to augment the advanced technological education program.

The Salaries and Expenses and Office of Inspector General accounts were both funded at the request level.

The Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations subcommittee mark up is expected to take place on July 15 and full Senate Appropriations Committee mark up would follow on July 17.

STATUS OF THE FY 1998 NSF BUDGET REQUEST
$ in millions

Account

FY97

REQ

HAUTH

SAUTH

CAUTH

HAPPR

SAPPR

CAPPR

RRA

2432.0

2514.7

2563.0

 

 

2537.7

 

 

EHR

619.0

625.5

625.5

 

 

632.5

 

 

MRE

80.0

85.0

175.0

 

 

175.0

 

 

S&E

134.0

137.0

137.0

 

 

137.0

 

 

OIG

5.0

4.8

4.8

 

 

4.8

 

 

Total

3270

3367

3505

 

 

3487

 

 

RRA - Research and Related Activities
EHR - Education and Human Resources
MRE - Major Research Equipment
S&E - Salaries and Expenses
OIG - Office of Inspector General

REQ - FY 1998 NSF Budget Request
HAUTH - House passed FY98-99 NSF Authorization Bill (H.R. 1273)
SAUTH - Senate FY98 NSF Authorization Bill
CAUTH - Conference Agreement on NSF Authorization Bill
HAPPR - FY98 House VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill
SAPPR - FY98 Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill
CAPPR - FY98 Appropriations Conference Agreement

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