National Science Foundation Press Release
"New Steps to Enhance Transparency and Accountability at the National Science Foundation." December 3, 2014


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—nearly 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.   

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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


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
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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NSF Slated for 5.2% Increase in President's FY 2016 Budget Request

The President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request to Congress, submitted February 2, includes a $7.7 billion request for the National Science Foundation, marking a 5.2% increase over the previous year. The request for NSF calls for $291.5 million for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, a 7.1% increase. Read more about the budget request for the social sciences in this analysis from the Consortium of Social Science Associations.




Senate Updates

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Democrat Senate Floor Updates

Schedule for Monday, April 27, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 27, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the Iran Congressional Review Act. At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar # 75, the nomination of Dava J. Newman, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Administrator of NASA.…

Agreement on Dava J. Newman–5:30pm vote Monday

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of the Newman nomination (NASA) on Monday, April 27th at 5:30pm.   Under the order, at 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #75, the nomination of Dava J. Newman, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Administrator of NASA. There will…

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House Updates

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of April 23, 2015 - 2:55:12 P.M.

The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015.

Legislative Day Of April 23, 2015 - 2:55:11 P.M.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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