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NSF Congressional Highlight

National Science Foundation Reauthorization Legislation Moving in Congress

May 30, 2002

U.S. CapitolOn May 22, 2002, the House Committee on Science approved the "Investing in America's Future Act," H.R. 4664, by voice vote. The bill is described by the Committee as legislation "to place the National Science Foundation (NSF) on a track to double the agency's budget in five years [and] to bolster undergraduate science, math and engineering education." The bill authorizes a 15% increase for NSF's budget for each of the next three years.

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee to Hold Hearing on NSF Reauthorization

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has scheduled for June 19, 2002, a hearing on legislation to reauthorize the National Science Foundation and on ways to strengthen science research, development, and education in the 21st Century. The hearing will be held in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building at 2:30 pm. NSF Director Rita Colwell will testify as will other witnesses.



The House and Senate Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Subcommittees have held their annual hearings on the National Science Foundation budget request. Although the congressional budget resolution for fiscal 2003 has not yet been adopted, the House subcommittee may proceed under provisional 302(b) allocations. Early indications are that the allocation for the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Subcommittee will be very tight and that that bill will be among the last on which the House will act. No subcommittee markup sessions are presently scheduled.

Summaries of Hearings on the NSF Fiscal 2003 Budget Request:

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