National Science Foundation Press Release
"National Science Foundation updates transparency and accountability practices," December 3, 2014

NSF SBE Reauthorization
America COMPETES and FIRST Act


NEW: House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Approves the FIRST Act

The America COMPETES and FIRST act of 2014  are two authorization bills for the National Science Foundation (NSF) currently in Congress. The SBE Community is particular troubled by the FIRST act and its implications for the SBE Directorate and its encroachment upon the peer-review system. 


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NSF Political Science Program Funding
National Science Foundation Political Science Program Funding

In March, 2013 Senator Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment (SA 65) to H.R. 933 (Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013).

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High Quality Research Act
High Quality Research Act

Jennifer Glass: "Social research funding cuts wound Texas" November 25, 2013. 

Representative Smith (R-TX 21), Chairman, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has drafted legislation that would significantly restrict the types of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEW: NHA is seeking support for Senate and House Dear Colleague Letters in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States and provides critical support for research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.   Advancing the NEH and protecting its support for national research programs is one of APSA's top priorities.

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Support for International Education

Support for International Education

Title VI of the Higher Education Act Programs. 

The Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs at the US Department of Education support development of national capacity for international understanding and foreign language education, including supporting National Research Centers, Area Overseas Research Centers, and related programs.

Title VIII of the Soviet-Eastern European Research and Training Act Programs. 
New: APSA joins the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and others in a letter to Secretary Kerry to restore funding for the Title VIII program. 

Title VIII program at the U.S. Department of State provides American students interested in studying Eastern Europe and Eurasian languages with grants and language training. 

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NSF Funding Increased, Political Science Program Intact in FY 2015 Spending Law

The FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law on December 16, 2014, provides $7.34 billion to the National Science Foundation, an increase of $172 million over FY 2014. The law has no provisions that restrict how funds for political science are used. Earlier report language, included by reference in the law, contains a statement of concern about NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) grants and would prioritize other disciplines for funding that exceeds the President’s requested amount, but the final law does not assign specific funding levels to NSF directorates or curb any SBE programs. Read more about the law and its implications for social sciences in this analysis from the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). 

Senate Updates

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Democrat Senate Floor Updates

State of the Union–9pm on Jan. 20, 2015

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 9:00 p.m., President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Speech from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol.

Wrap Up for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roll Call Votes Cloture on Executive Calendar #1084, Sarah R. Saldana, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security; Invoked: 53-41. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1084, Sarah R. Saldana, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security; Confirmed: 55-39. Cloture on Executive Calendar #1150, Antony Blinken, to be Deputy Secretary of State; Invoked: 53-40. Confirmation…

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House Updates

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Legislative Day Of December 16, 2014 - 12:08:02 P.M.

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to H. Con. Res. 125. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on January 2, 2015. resolution. Agreed to without objection.

Legislative Day Of December 16, 2014 - 12:07:00 P.M.

Without objection, the Chair announced that when House adjourns today, it shall adjourn to meet at noon on Friday, December 19, 2014, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 125, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution. Agreed to without objection.

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