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May 25, 2018

DOE Office of Science Funded at $6.7 Billion in Senate Bill

The FY2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday would fund the Department of Energy Office of Science (Science) at $6.65 billion.  The office is currently funded at $6.26 billion and the Administration requested $5.39 billion for it in FY2019. Within Science, Fusion would be funded at $425.0 million. Additional…

May 24, 2018

Senate Appropriations Approves First Two Spending Bills

During a markup session earlier today, the full Senate Appropriations Committee cleared its first two spending bills for FY2019, the Energy and Water Development and Agriculture bills.  They were approved at the subcommittee level on Tuesday. Office of Federal Relations will provide details as they become available.

May 23, 2018

2 Spending Bills Clear Senate Subcommittees

The Senate appropriations subcommittees responsible for Energy and Water and Agriculture spending bills cleared their respective bills yesterday.  While most of the details are not yet available, the Energy and Water bill reported out yesterday would fund the Department of Energy Office of Science would be funded at $6.65 billion, an increase of $390 million…

May 22, 2018

Senate Starts to Move on FY2019 Appropriations

The Senate is scheduled to officially start moving on its FY2019 appropriations bills today, with both the Agriculture and Energy and Water bills slated for markups by the respective subcommittees today.  The full Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the bills on Thursday.  Office of Federal Relations will provide relevant details about the bills when…

May 21, 2018

Interior Appropriations Bill to Move Next

The next item on the agenda for the House Appropriations Committee is its FY2019 Interior spending bill, with the committee scheduled to take it up tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22. Among the agencies that the bill funds is the U.S Geological Survey (USGS), which in turn supports a number of programs of interest to the University…

May 17, 2018

CJS Appropriations Bill Clears House Committee

The House Appropriations Committee approved this afternoon by a vote of 32 to 19 the FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill.  As noted previously, the bill funds a number of agencies of interest to the university, including, but not limited to, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and NOAA.  During the committee markup, an amendment was offered, and…

May 16, 2018

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Begin to Move

With the FY2019 set to start October 1, the appropriations bills for the year have begun to move through Congress, with the House Appropriations Committee taking up a number of bills the past several days. The subcommittee that oversees the Commerce-Justice-Science bill, which funds various agencies and programs of interest to the university– such as…

May 8, 2018

White House Releases “Rescission” Package

As expected, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its package of proposed rescissions earlier today.  The list of programs targeted for cuts is available  here.  The package includes 38 items, totaling approximately $15 billion in cuts. The biggest portion of the package, roughly $7 billion, would come from the Children Health Insurance…

May 7, 2018

Administration “Rescission” Package Expected This Week

The Trump Administration is expected to send to Congress a “rescission” package this week that would seek about $15 billion in cuts to already approved spending in prior years. Unhappy about the size of the recently passed FY2018 omnibus spending bill, a group of House conservatives had asked the Administration to take steps to cancel or…

April 18, 2018

Changes Seen on Senate Appropriations Committee

As expected, with the resignation of Thad Cochran (R-MS), Richard Shelby (R-AL) has officially taken over the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Along with the top spot on the full committee, Sen. Shelby has also assumed the gavel of the Defense Subcommittee, which was also led by Cochran before his resignation. The vacancy in the…

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