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 pro formas, Wednesday October 15, and Wednesday November 12

The Senate stands adjourned and will convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times unless the Senate receives a message from the House that it has adopted S.Con.Res.44, the adjournment resolution: –           Monday, September 22nd at 4:00pm –           Thursday, September 25th at 12:00 noon –           Monday, September 29th at 12:00…

Wrap Up for Thursday, September 18, 2014

Roll Call Votes Cruz motion to table Reid amendment #3852 to H.J.Res.124, the CR; Not agreed to: 50-50 Motion to invoke cloture on H.J.Res.124; Invoked: 73-27 Passage of H.J.Res.124, the CR; Passed: 78-22 Legislative Business Passed S.Con.Res.44, Adjournment Resolution Passed H.R.4323 – Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 Passed H.R.83 – Insular Areas, Energy Action…

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House Updates

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of September 19, 2014 - 12:05:01 P.M.

Pursuant to clause 4 of rule 1, H.J. Res. 124 was signed by the Speaker on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Legislative Day Of September 19, 2014 - 12:03:20 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 September 19, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. Con. Res. 44, S. 1611, S. 1691, S. 2040, S. 2061, S. 2583, S. 2673, S. 2778, S. 2793, S. 1360, S. 2912, H.R. 83, with an amendment, H.R. 594, without amendment, H.R. 2600, without amendment, H.R. 3043, without amendment, H.R. 3716, without amendment, H.R. 4994, without amendment, H.R. 5062, without amendment, H.R. 5404, without amendment, and H.R. 4980, without amendment.

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