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Hearing Summary: Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee
National Science Foundation Fiscal 2003 Budget

July 23, 2002

The Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies marked up its FY 03 appropriations bill today and provided NSF with $5.353 billion, an 11.78% increase over the current year funding. Within the bill the subcommittee made the following allocations by appropriation account:

Senate VA/HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee Markup

 

FY03
Request

FY03
Senate

Change
From FY02
Request

% Change
From FY02
Plan

Research and Related Activities

3783.21

4131.63

348.42

14.8

Education and Human Resources1

908.08

947.73

72.73

8.3

Major Research Equipment & Facilities

126.28

79.28

(59.52)

-42.9

Salaries and Expenses

202.95

182.16

11.96

7.1

Inspector General

7.7

9.06

2.24

34.0

National Science Board

--

3.50

N/A

 

TOTAL NSF

4789.24

5353.36

564

11.8

1Does not include estimates of $90 from H1-B Nonimmigrant Petitioner Fees

Chairwoman Mikulski noted that the appropriations allocations were generally austere and that the Subcommittee had $2 billion less to work with than the President requested. Both Senator Mikulski and Senator Bond commented on the bipartisan nature of the bill and their disappointment in not being able to move NSF's funding on a doubling path.

The full Senate Appropriations Committee will meet on Thursday, July 25 to complete the markup on the bill, at which time details from the committee report will be available.