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 Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill. All time during adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway/transportation substitute). If all time is used, the post-cloture…

Wrap Up for Monday, July 27, 2015

Roll Call Votes McConnell motion to instruct the Sergeant At Arms to request the presence of absent senators; agreed to: 79-14. Adoption of McConnell for Kirk-Cantwell-Heitkamp amendment #2327 (Ex-Im reauthorization); adopted: 64-29. Motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (highway/transportation substitute); invoked: 62-32. Legislative Business Passed H.R. 876, NOTICE Act. Adopted S.Res.…

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of July 27, 2015 - 8:00:32 P.M.

The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 28, 2015.

Legislative Day Of July 27, 2015 - 8:00:31 P.M.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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