Bills in Brief

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bridges, vol. 33, May 2012 / Bills in Brief

House Passes Commerce, Justice, Science Spending Bill

On May 10th, the House of Representatives approved its version of the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) spending bill - its first of the year - on a 247-163 vote. The bill, which covers funding for NSF, NASA, NOAA, NIST, and other agencies, is more generous in some areas than might have been expected, although R&D in most agencies would fall somewhat short of the President's requests. NSF R&D would receive a $221 million or 3.9% boost over FY 2012 levels, slightly less than the President's request. Like NSF, NASA R&D would receive a boost above FY 2012 levels of $123 million or 1.3%, with cuts to space exploration more than offset by increases elsewhere. The largest increase in dollars was reserved for science, where the House provided planetary science with more than $200 million more than the request, in an attempt to offset the major cuts the Administration Is seeking. Many of the increases the Administration has sought for R&D in the Department of Commerce are also sustained in this bill. The National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive a substantial R&D boost of nearly 14%, while the NOAA R&D increase (11%) comes in spite of the fact that the overall NOAA budget would be largely flat. The CJS bill now awaits floor action in the Senate, where a version has already been approved in committee.

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