FY2017 Appropriations Washington Update

FY2017 Funding: Proposed Funding Levels

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Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Act

Includes funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Status of the Bill:
  • House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill out of the committee on May 24.  The full House has not yet considered the bill.
  • Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill out of the committee on April 21. The full Senate began consideration of the bill in June but did not complete consideration.
Proposed funding levels:
  • NSF
    • House Proposed: NSF overall would receive $7.4 billion, $57 million below FY16. The NSF Research and Related Agencies account would receive a $46 million increase and the NSF Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction account would be reduced by $86 million.
    • Senate Proposed: NSF overall would receive $7.51 billion, $46 million above FY16. The NSF Research and Related Agencies account would receive level funding and the NSF Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction account would increase by $46 million.
  • NIST
    • House proposed: $865 million, $99 million below FY16 (around 10% cut). Within NIST, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) would receive $5 million.
    • Senate proposed: $974 million, $10 million above FY16. Within NIST, the NNMI would receive $25 million.
  • NASA
    • House proposed: $19.5 billion, $223 million above FY16
    • Senate proposed: $19.3 billion, $21 million above FY16
  • NOAA
    • House proposed: $5.6 billion, $185 million below FY16
    • Senate proposed: $5.7 billion, $74 million below FY16
White House Statement of Administration Policy   
 

Defense Appropriations Act

Includes funding for Department of Defense (DOD) 6.1 Basic Research, DOD 6.2 Applied Research, DOD 6.3 Advance Technology Development, and DARPA.
 
Status of the Bill:
  • The full House passed its version of the bill on June 16 by a vote of 282 to 138.
  • Senate Appropriations Committee passed its versions out of the committee on May 26.
 
Proposed funding levels:
  • DOD 6.1 Basic Research
    • House: $2.12 billion, $190 million below FY16
    • Senate: $2.26 billion, $50 million below FY16
  • DOD 6.2 Applied Research
    • House: $4.96 billion, $40 million below FY16
    • Senate: $5.115 billion, $115 million above FY16
  • DOD 6.3 Advance Research Technology
    • House: $5.94 billion, $250 million above FY16
    • Senate: $5.98 billion, $294 million above FY16
White House Statement of Administration Policy
 

Energy and Water Appropriations (E&W) Act

Includes funding for Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
 
Status of the bill:
  • The House failed to pass its bill by a vote of 112 to 305 on May 26.
  • Senate passed its version of the bill by a vote of 90 to 8 on May 12.
 
Proposed funding levels:
  • DOE Office of Science
    • House: $5.4 billion, $50 million above FY16
    • Senate: $5.4 billion, $50 million above FY16
  • ARPA-E
    • House: $306 million, $15 million above FY16
    • Senate: $325 million, $34 million above FY16 (The Senate Appropriations Committee originally proposed $293 million but an amendment on the Senate floor by Senator Brian Schatz increased the funding level to $325 million.)
  • EERE
    • House: $1.825 billion, $248 million below FY16
    • Senate: $2.073 billion, level funding with FY16
 
White House Statement of Administration Policy  
 

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Appropriations Act

Includes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Status of the bill:
  • Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill out of the committee.  The full Senate has not yet considered the bill.
  • House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill out of the committee.  The full House has not yet considered the bill.
Proposed funding levels:
  • NIH
    • Senate: $34 billion, an increase of $2 billion above FY16
    • House: $33.3 billion, an increase of $1.3 billion above FY16