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NSF Congressional Highlight

President Signs Funding Measure for Current Fiscal Year

February 16, 2007

On Feb. 15, President Bush signed H.J.Res.20, a continuing resolution to fund most federal agencies for the 2007 fiscal year that began on October 1, 2006 and runs through September 30, 2007. Those agencies, including the National Science Foundation, had been operating under a short-term continuing resolution that was due to expire at midnight on Feb. 15.

The President's action came one day after the Senate approved the $463.5 billion bill. It provides funds for all agencies except Defense and Homeland Security. Congress completed action on those agencies' appropriations last year, but left the remaining FY 2007 funding bills to await action by the next Congress. The Senate vote was 81-15.

The House passed H.J.Res. 20 on January 31. The measure funds NSF at the same level as FY 2006, except for the Research and Related Activities Account, which was increased by $334.74 million over the figure for FY 2006, in keeping with the President's request for increased funding for the American Competitiveness Initiative. The House vote was 286 to 140.

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