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The OSA Public Policy staff is pleased to provide you with Washington Updates, where you will find up-to-date information on legislation, events, and other activities happening in Washington, D.C. that affect the optics and photonics community. We welcome your feedback on any of these issues and invite you to use the comment section included with each post. You can also contact the OSA government relations team directly if you'd like more information on a particular article.

Congress Passes Bipartisan Funding Package for FY14

Congress passed a bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 this week, which was based on the budget agreed to in the December 2013 bipartisan budget deal.   The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2014 wraps in all 12 of the funding bills for fiscal year 2014. 
Funding highlights from the bill include:

  • NSF will be funded at $7.2 billion, a decrease of $82 million below the FY2013 enacted level.
  • NIST will be funded at $850 million, which is $41 million above the FY2013 enacted level.
  • DOE science research will be funded at $5.1 billion, an increase of $195 million above the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.
  • DOD Research will be funded at $63.0 billion which is $6.9 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.

The bill passed through both chambers with bipartisan votes with the House passing it by 359 to 67, and the Senate passing it by a vote of 72 to 26.  President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill.

Posted: January 22, 2014


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