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House Appropriations Committee's subcommittees consider FY18 funding bills

U.S. Capitol

July 7, 2017

The House and Senate are scheduled to return to Washington next week after their Fourth of July recess. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittees moved on funding bills for the 2018 fiscal year (FY), despite the lack of an agreement on a budget resolution. The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee marked up its FY18 spending bill on June 29. The subcommittee approved a measure that would give NSF $7.34 billion, a reduction of $132.67 million (1.8 percent) from the FY17 enacted amount. Approximately $131.12 million of the reduction comes out of the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account, with the remainder coming from the Agency Operations and Award Management (AOAM) account. The House subcommittee mark is a $686.64 million (10.3 percent) increase over the President's budget request for NSF.

Legislation to improve the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs is moving through the House. The bill, H.R. 2763, was introduced by Rep. Stephen Knight, R-CA-25, on May 30, and it was referred to the House Small Business Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. The Small Business Committee marked up H.R. 2763 on June 15 and favorably reported it out. The House Science Committee held a markup on June 22 and approved the bill. An amendment to include NSF's I-Corps program under the measure was withdrawn. H.R. 2763 now awaits action by the full House.

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