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" 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

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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9/19/2014: Continuing Resolution Passes with No NSF Amendments

Before adjourning for the election season, Congress passed a short-term Continuing Resolution this week funding the government through December 11, 2014. As anticipated, no amendments were offered or passed that restricted the National Science Foundation's Political Science program.

Senate Updates

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Democrat Senate Floor Updates

Schedule for Monday, December 1, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, December 1, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:30pm. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Mamet and Bel nominations. If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014,…

Cloture filed on Mamet, Bell, Coloretti, Adler, Burrows, and Lopez nominations

This evening Senator Reid filed cloture on the Mamet, Bell, Coloretti, Adler, Burrows, and Lopez nominations.   Executive Calendar #892, Noah, Mamet, of California, to be Ambassador to Argentina Executive Calendar #631, Colleen Bell, of California, to be Ambassador to Hungary Executive Calendar #772, Nani A. Coloretti, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of HUD…

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House Updates

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of November 20, 2014 - 10:32:41 A.M.

The House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

Legislative Day Of November 20, 2014 - 1:05:34 P.M.

The House adjourned pursuant to pursuant to the order of the House of today. The next meeting is scheduled for 12 noon on Monday, November 24, 2014, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 119, in which case, the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.

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