Bills in Brief

In this "bridges" Bills in Brief, learn about the latest in the FY2013 Commerce, Justice, Science spending bill, the International Science Cooperation Legislation and the OMB and OSTP's Outline on S&T Priorities for FY2014 budget.

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House Passes FY 2013 Energy and Water Bill

In June, the House of Representatives approved its version of the FY 2013 Energy and Water spending bill, which mainly deals with Department of Energy (DOE) funding along with a handful of other agencies, on a 255-165 vote. According to AAAS estimates (PDF), the bill would provide approximately $11 billion for DOE R&D in FY 2013, essentially flat from FY 2012 and $856 million, or 7.2 percent, below the President's request. The funding mix will change somewhat: Atomic defense-related R&D would be increased by 8.4 percent, or $361 million, while Office of Science R&D would be cut by 1.6 percent, or $69 million. Overall R&D in the Department's energy technology programs would be slashed by 11.6 percent, or $264 million, though this is almost entirely due to funding cuts for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon innovation. In very few cases would R&D funding in the House bill meet or exceed the President's request. Conversely, the Senate version of the bill, which was approved the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 26 and awaits floor action, grants several programs modest increases from FY 2012. However, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated at a July 10th press conference, the full Senate will not consider any spending bills before the November elections.

(From: American Association for the Advancement of Science, R&D Budget and Policy Program, Status of FY 2013 Appropriations. For further information on other recently passed spending bills, please visit the AAAS Web site.)

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