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


NEW:
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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UPDATE 6/20/2014: CJS Appropriations pulled from Senate Floor 

Senate Appropriations Committee Reports Out FY 2015 CJS Appropriations Bill With No NSF Amendments 

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill on Thursday, June 5, 2014, without amendments affecting NSF. A Senate floor vote may be scheduled as early as the week of June 16.  For more, read COSSA's analysis here

House NSF Appropriations Bill Passed, 321-87

During debate on the 2015 CJS Appropriations bill on Thursday evening, May 29, Rep. Smith proposed a largely symbolic amendment to restrict funding for the social sciences.The Chairman of the House Science Committee sought to insert his opposition to social science and the National Science Foundation into the appropriations process by shuffling $15 million around in the NSF research account, presumably to redirect monies from the social sciences to the physical sciences. This would have no net effect on SBE or NSF.

The amendment passed by a very close and largely party vote, 208-201.The recorded vote is here.Five Democrats voted for the amendment and 18 Republicans voted against the amendment.

The debate included enthusiastic statements by Representatives Fattah, Price and Holt about the intrinsic significance of social science - and political science - highlighting the value of empirical evidence and basic research, and their trust in science and scientists. See Representative Price's statements in this video! 


Senate Updates

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Democrat Senate Floor Updates

Schedule for Monday, September 8, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.112 until 2:00pm on Monday, September 8, 2014. On Monday, September 8, following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 5:30pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the…

Schedule for Friday, August 8, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:15am on Friday, August 8, 2014 for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted.   When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will adjourn under the provisions of H.Con.Res.112 until 2:00pm on Monday, September 8, 2014.   On Monday, September 8, following any Leader remarks, there will be…

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Legislative Day Of August 4, 2014 - 10:06:42 A.M.

The Speaker announced that pursuant to the order of the House of today, the House stands adjourned until noon on Thursday, August 7, 2014, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 112, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution. Agreed to without objection

Legislative Day Of August 4, 2014 - 10:06:22 A.M.

The Speaker announced that, when the House adjourns today, it shall adjourn to meet at noon on Thursday, August 7, 2014, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 112, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution. Agreed to without objection.

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