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 May 20, 2015, the House Appropriations Committee 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 curtails support for 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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NSF Reauthorization Bill Scheduled for Debate on House Floor 

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 Science Committee ordered the bill reported to the House, and it is now scheduled for debate on the House floor on May 20. Learn more.


Senate Updates

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Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until the following dates and times to convene for pro forma session only with no business being conducted:   Tuesday, May 26 at 4:00pm (committee reporting day between 2:00 – 4:00pm); and Thursday, May 28 at 8:30am.   When the Senate adjourns on May 28th it will stand adjourned until 4:00pm…

Wrap Up for Friday, May 22, 2015

Roll Call Votes Hatch-Wyden #1411to #1299, as modified (currency); Agreed to 70-29 Portman-Stabenow SA #1299(currency manipulation); Not agreed to 48-51 Warren SA #1327(investor state dispute); Not agreed to 39-60 Brown SA #1251(docking); Not agreed to 47-52 Flake SA #1243(strike TAA); Not agreed 36-62-1 Hatch SA #1221(substitute); Agreed to 62-37 Cloture on H.R.1314, as amended, if amended; Agreed to 61-38 R.1314,…

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of May 22, 2015 - 2:33:58 P.M.

The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 5(b) of H. Res. 273. The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2015.

Legislative Day Of May 22, 2015 - 2:32:37 P.M.

The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 22, 2015, at 9:43 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 261, S. 612 and S. 501.

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