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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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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Schedule for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:00pm, with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 12:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and proceed to 1 roll call vote…

Wrap Up for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Roll Call Votes Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1003, Jeffery Martin Baran, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2015; Confirmed: 56-44. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1004, Stephen G. Burns, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the…

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Legislative Day Of September 16, 2014 - 10:02:16 P.M.

The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on September 17, 2014.

Legislative Day Of September 16, 2014 - 10:02:15 P.M.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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