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FY 2006 SSJC Appropriations Act Provides a 3% increase for NSF

November 9, 2005

The FY 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act, which provides funding for the fiscal year that began on October 1, gives the National Science Foundation a 3% increase, an outcome that exceeds expectations. Two press releases below have the details:

Better Than Expected: Congress Provides 3.0% Increase for NSF in FY 2006

House appropriations subcommittee chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Senate appropriations subcommittee chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and their colleagues have completed work on the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act for FY 2006. This bill, providing funding for the fiscal year that began on October 1, provides the National Science Foundation with a calculated 3.0% increase. Set against an overall Bush Administration plan to reduce domestic discretionary spending by -1.0%, this outcome for NSF is considerably better than expected.

This is not the last word on NSF funding, as Congress is exploring a range of options to pay for Gulf Coast hurricane damage. One alternative is reaching back to reduce all FY 2006 appropriations by two or three percent. The 3.0% increase for NSF in H.R. 2862 puts the foundation in a better position than many federal agencies and departments will be in to absorb any reduction.

Here are the numbers [for NSF]...

NSF: The FY 2005 budget was $5,472.8 million. The Administration requested $5,605.0 million. The new (tentative) budget is $5,637.6 million, an increase of 3.0% or $164.8 million.
-- excerpted from FYI-AIP Science News by Richard M. Jones (http://www.aip.org/fyi/2005/159.html)

SCIENCE COMMITTEE LEADERS PRAISE HOUSE PASSAGE OF SCIENCE AGENCY FUNDING BILLS
House Committee on Science

The Science, State, Justice and Commerce (SSJC) appropriations bill, H.R. 2862, passed a House vote today by 397 to 19. The bill funds NSF at $5.65 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2006, an increase of $181 million over last year and $49 million above the Administration's request. Increased funding for NSF will support more fundamental science and engineering research, the fuel that drives the knowledge economy. It also preserves the Math and Science Partnership program at NSF, which has a proven track record of success in bringing the intellectual resources of higher education institutions to bear on improving the performance of local school systems in math and science education.

"I am very grateful that the conferees saw fit to return to sustaining the level of funding for NSF, reflecting a strong commitment to NSF's job of developing our future skilled workforce and laying the foundation for innovative technologies in the fields of telecommunications, medicine and defense," said Environment, Technology, and Standards Subcommittee Chairman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI).

Ehlers added, "Furthermore, I want to acknowledge the Committee's work to restore cuts endured by several math and science education programs within the Education Directorate at NSF. We know that other countries are investing and outperforming the United States in the area of math and science education. We will not be able to compete with the rest of the world indefinitely if our workforce is not on the cutting edge of these fields and need to maintain programs that support math and science education.
-- excerpted from House Science Committee Press Release (http://www.house.gov/science)