Federal Relations

June 20, 2019

First Spending Package Adopted

The House adopted yesterday by a vote of 226 to 203 H.R. 2740, the first set of spending bills for FY2020. Shortly after its passage, the chamber started debate on the next set of measures, a five-bill package, which includes the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture, Interior and Environment, Transportation and Housing, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bills.  Due…


June 19, 2019

From One Bill to the Next

After several long days of debate, the House is expected to vote on passing the first four-bill spending package for FY2020 later today.  The chamber concluded its debate on the last amendments made in order for the bill late last night/early this morning and will vote on them and on final passage later today.  The…


June 17, 2019

Appropriations Work Continues in House This Week

The House is scheduled to continue its appropriations work on the floor this week. When it reconvenes on Tuesday, the House is expected to resume its debate on the first package of spending bills for FY2020, one that is made up of the Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, Energy and Water, and State-Foreign Operations bills. After completing work on…


June 12, 2019

First Spending Package Ready for Floor Action

The last two FY2020 spending bills– the Homeland Security and Financial Services measures– were cleared by the House Appropriations Committee yesterday.  The homeland security legislation was adopted 29 – 20 while the financial services bill was approved 30 – 21.  With all 12 bills having gone through the committee process, the House is now slated…


May 23, 2019

Two More Spending Bills Clear House Committee

After a full day of markups, the House Appropriations Committee reported out yesterday afternoon two more FY2020 spending bills . The Commerce-Justice-Science bill (see relevant documents here), which funds, among other agencies, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and NOAA, was approved 30 to 22. The Interior and Environment bill (see relevant documents here), which funds a host…


May 22, 2019

Two More Approps Bills Clear Committee

As scheduled, the House Appropriations Committee approved yesterday two more bills for FY2020. The $690-billion Defense measure was approved by a vote of 30 – 22. The committee adopted by a vote of 31 to 21 the $46-billion Energy and Water bill. Two more measures– Transportation- Housing and Agriculture– are slated for subcommittee action tomorrow.


House Bills Reject Proposed Cuts to Science and Research

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to markup the FY2020 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) and Interior bills, measures that largely reject the cuts to science and research proposed by the Administration in its budget request. CJS NSF The National Science Foundation (NSF) would be funded at $8.64 billion under this bill, an increase of $561.1…


May 20, 2019

Defense and Energy and Water Reports Now Available

Ahead of the markup scheduled for tomorrow, the House Appropriations Committee has released the report for the House bill and the report for the Energy and Water bill. Defense The Defense bill to be marked up tomorrow would fund the basic and applied research programs in the following manner: Total Basic Research (“6.1”):  $2.51 billion (4.2% below the FY2019 level…


4 More Bills Teed Up for Full Committee Action

Four more FY2020 spending bills are scheduled to be taken up by the full House Appropriations Committee this week. On Tuesday, the committee is expected to mark up the Defense and Energy and Water Development bills.  The committee is scheduled to bring up the Commerce-Justice-Science and Interior measures on Wednesday. The reports for the bills have not yet been…


May 16, 2019

Increases for NSF, NOAA, NASA in House CJS Bill

As noted previously, the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill is scheduled to be marked up on Friday.  A copy of the draft bill has just been released.  The accompanying report will not become available until after the subcommittee markup, just before the full committee markup, which is most likely to occur sometime next week. While most details will not…


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