On March 13, 2013 Senator Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment (SA 65)
to H.R. 933 (Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013). The
amendment would have eliminated funding for the political science
program at the National Science Foundation, and redirected NSF funds to
cancer research at NIH. On Tuesday, March 19, Coburn modified the amendment by
removing the provision to redirect funds and to dramatically restrict
funding of political science research to that which promotes "national
security or the economic interests of the United States" only. On
Wednesday, March 20, the modified amendment was adopted by the Senate by
a voice vote.
August 2012: Political Science at NSF Safe
According to COSSA,
sensing that Congress will be unable to pass all of the appropriations
bills by the end of this fiscal year, September 30. Congressional
leaders have agreed to pass a 6-month continuing resolution (CR) to keep
the government funded through March. Typically, CRs provide funding for
existing federal programs at current or reduced levels. It is expected
that the CR will not include any amendments, such as the one introduced
to affect NSF funding for political science.
This moves the debate regarding appropriations into the next
Congress. Any amendments regarding NSF funding for political science
research would need to be reintroduced. APSA will monitor the debate on
the CR and future appropriations and update the membership as
Further Delays to NSF Appropriations Bill
that S. 2323 (Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS)
Appropriations bill) will be delayed for the Senate's consideration. As
the article notes, the Senate is behind schedule and the National
Weather Service budget scandal has complicated matters further.
Indications are that S. 2323 will be brought to the floor mid-August.
APSA will continue to keep members informed of the Senate's actions.
House Appropriations Committee to Markup NEH Funding Bill. June 26, 2012
On June 26, the House appropriations committee is scheduled to consider an FY 2013 spending bill that includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH). They will consider the bill marked up last week by the
subcommittee, which provided $132 million for the agency in FY 2013. The
subcommittee's mark represents a decrease of $14 million, or 9.6%, from
the FY 2012 level of $146 million.
NEH provides grants and opportunities to various disciplines
including political science research and activities. APSA encourages its
members to support NEH and ask Congress to keep the president's
proposed funding level.
Messages to Congress Update, June 14, 2012
Nearly 1,000 messages were sent to Congress from concerned
individuals asking Congress to support independent, peer-reviewed
scientific research and oppose any threat to NSF's funding of political
science research. Last week, Michael Brintnall, APSA executive director,
asked members to write their Senators and Representatives.
In order to thwart an amendment attacking NSF, we need to be proactive. Write your Senators and Representatives today and ask them to support NSF and political science research.
Amendment Attacking NSF and Political Science Funding Likely, June 6, 2012
APSA executive director Michael Brintnall sent the membership a letter yesterday (6/5/12) encouraging members to contact their senators.
We have learned that an amendment attacking NSF and political science
is likely to be offered when the appropriations bill (S. 2323) is up for
debate in the Senate.
By having members and concerned groups send their senators a message
now, we hope that we can preempt and dissuade this amendment from being
Possible Delay to NSF Appropriations Bill, May 30, 2012
Sen. Olympia Snowe
(R-Maine) has asked that Senate debate of the S. 2323 (Commerce,
Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill) be
postponed until after Congress investigates events surrounding the
National Weather Service's management of its funds. This is the same
bill that includes appropriations for the National Science Foundation.
We will continue to keep the membership informed about the Senate's
actions on S.2323.
Flake Amendment to Prohibit NSF Funding of Political Science Passes House, May 10, 2012
The House of Representatives passed an amendment (HR 5326) to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to prohibit NSF political science funding. The amendment passed by a roll call vote,
218 to 208. The vote divided along party lines; five Democrats voted in
support and 27 Republicans vote in opposition to the amendment.
Flake Amendment Threatens Political Science NSF Funding, May 9, 2012
Senator Coburn attempts to eliminate Political Science from NSF, Updated Nov. 6, 2009