NSF SBE Reauthorization

NSF SBE Reauthorization

NEW: America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806)


On April 15, 2015, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX 21) introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, which reauthorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill seeks to authorize the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at $150 million—45% below its current funding level—and would have a devastating effect on social and behavioral science research, as well as on the broader national science agenda. The House passed the bill on May 20 by a vote of 217-205. 

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NSF Political Science Program Funding
NSF Political Science Program Funding


NEW: FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill

On June 3, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations billwhich includes appropriations to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The draft bill would fund NSF at $7.39 billion, which is $50 million higher than FY 2015 funding but 4.3% below the President's request of $7.72 billion. The bill does not appropriate by directorate level within the NSF, but report language for the bill prioritizes funding away from NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, carrying threat of heavy cuts to the social sciences. 

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High Quality Research Act
High Quality Research Act


Jennifer Glass: "Social research funding cuts wound Texas" Statesman.com 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


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.

The FY 2015 omnibus continuing resolution included $146 million in funding for NEH. President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request for NEH was $147.9 million.

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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. 
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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House Passes NSF Appropriations Bill  

On June 3, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill, which includes appropriations to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill would fund NSF at $7.39 billion, which is $50 million higher than FY 2015 funding but 4.3% below the President's request of $7.72 billion. The bill does not appropriate by directorate level within the NSF, but report language for the bill prioritizes funding away from NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, carrying threat of heavy cuts to the social sciences. Learn more.


Senate Updates

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Democrat Senate Floor Updates

Schedule for Thursday, August 6 and Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:30am on Thursday, August 6 for a pro forma session, with the Record being kept open from 11:30am until 1:30pm for the introduction of bills and resolutions, statements, and cosponsor requests. Committees will also be allowed to file bills and reports on August 28 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.   When…

Wrap Up for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

No Roll Call Votes   Legislative Business Agreed to H.Con.Res.72, the Adjournment Resolution. Passed H.R. 212, Drinking Water Protection. Passed S. 1523, National Estuary Program with Whitehouse amendment. Passed S.1707, to designate the Federal building located at 617 Walnut Street in Helena, Arkansas, as the “Jacob Trieber Federal Building, United States Post Office, and United…

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House Updates

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of August 4, 2015 - 12:06:57 P.M.

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015 unless it sooner receives a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 72, in which case, the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.

Legislative Day Of August 4, 2015 - 12:05:33 P.M.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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