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NSF & Congress

Congress reaches two-year budget deal; President delivers FY 2019 budget request to Congress

February 15, 2018

U.S. Capitol

On Feb. 9, Congress passed and the President signed into law a continuing resolution (CR) and budget deal that funds government operations through March 23 and increases spending caps for fiscal years (FY) 2018 and 2019. The bipartisan agreement would increase non-defense discretionary spending levels by $63 billion in FY 2018 and $68 billion in FY 2019. NSF is funded out of non-defense discretionary spending.

The budget deal clears the way for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to finalize their FY 2018 bills and roll them into an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the government for the remainder of FY 2018, which ends on Sept. 30.

On Feb. 12, the President's FY 2019 budget request was delivered to Congress. The FY19 budget includes an addendum showing the President's plan for spending additional funds resulting from Congress' agreement on new spending levels. The FY 2019 Budget Request for NSF is $7.472 billion, the same as the FY 2017 Current Plan level.

NSF issued a statement saying: "This budget allows us to continue setting priorities that responsibly allocate federal funding, through our 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments and other strategies that connect the talents of the science and engineering community with the needs of the American public."

More details on NS's FY 2019 budget request will be provided at a later date.


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