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March 4, 2011
On Friday, March 11, MAA Past President David Bressoud testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, in support of President Obama?s 2012 budget request for NSF. You can read a written version of his testimony here. The total NSF request is $7,767.00M, which is in line with the reauthorization of the America Competes Act. You can sign this petition and join us in supporting the President?s request to continue funding critical STEM research and education initiatives.
December 22, 2010
Yesterday, the House of Representatives concurred with a Senate amendment to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, which authorizes funding for the National Science Foundation through fiscal year 2015. The bill now awaits signature from the President.
Since the bill was introduced, MAA has worked to strengthen federal support of undergraduate mathematics education. Read more about MAA?s advocacy efforts here.
Read more about the passage of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act here.
July 1, 2010
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science approved a $7.4 billion budget for the National Science Foundation for fiscal year 2011. Read the complete story here.
May 28, 2010
On Friday, May 28, the
America COMPETES reauthorization cleared the House by a vote of
262-150. Read the complete story here
May 20, 2010
On Wednesday, May 19, the House failed to pass the America COMPETES
Reauthorization Act with a vote 261-148. Read the complete story here.
April 20, 2010
The House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education recently
approved a Committee Print of the National Science Foundation
Authorization Act of 2010. The bill will authorize funding for NSF
through fiscal year 2015. Read the complete story here.
March 16, 2010
The MAA launched its 2010 science policy advocacy project to
strengthen federal support for undergraduate mathematics. Read the
complete story here.
February 3, 2010
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted to Congress a
$7.4 billion budget for FY 2011, calling for an 8% increase over 2010.
NSF represents 65% of total federal support for basic research in
mathematics. Read the complete story here.
January 19, 2010
This week the House Committee on Science and Technology announced
its agenda for the second session of the 111th Congress. More
information on their agenda and MAA's work with the Congress in this
session is available here.
December 16, 2009
Gordon, House Science Committee Chair, Announces Retirement
After serving 25 years in the House of Representatives, Rep. Bart
Gordon (Tenn.) announced that he would not be seeking reelection in
2010. Read full story here.
December 8, 2009
Work on FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill ’ Provides Funds
for the National Science Foundation
On December 8, the House adopted a conference agreement on the FY
2010 omnibus appropriations bill to provide $6.9 billion -- a $426
million boost over FY 2009 -- in discretionary funds for the National
Science Foundation (NSF) through the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS)
spending bill. Congress provided the funds to support the effort
to double the agency’s budget over a 10-year period. The Senate
is expected to approve the bill early next week. Read full story here.
November 18, 2009
On November 6, the Senate approved the $64.9 billion Fiscal Year
(FY) 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill. The
Senate CJS bill includes $6.9 billion for the National Science
Foundation, a $426 million boost over FY 2009 and $128 million below
President Obama's request.
The bill now moves to conference where House and Senate members will
work to resolve differences between the two versions of the
Highlights of the Senate-passed version of the bill are provided
below. Please contact Kelly Pollitt or Dave Zook with any
additional questions at (202) 312-7400.
National Science Foundation
Research and Related Activities
The Senate bill provides $5.6 billion which is $434.9 million above
the FY 2009 level and $115 million below the President's budget
request. The House CJS bill also requests funding in the amount
of $5.6 billion.
The Research and Related Activities appropriation addresses the
Foundation’s three strategic goals: people’developing a diverse,
internationally competitive and globally engaged workforce of
scientists, engineers, and well-prepared citizens; ideas’enabling
discovery across the frontiers of science and engineering, connected to
learning, innovation, and service to society; and tools’providing
broadly accessible, state-of-the-art science and engineering facilities
and shared research and education tools.
National Science Foundation
Education and Human Resources
The Senate bill provides $857 million which is $12.5 million above
FY 2009 and the same as the President's budget request. The House CJS
bill recommends $862 million.
The education and human resources appropriation supports a
comprehensive set of programs across all levels of education in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Additionally, the Senate set aside $2 million for a competitive
program of grants to promote STEM education through robotics
National Science Foundation
Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction
The Senate bill provides $122 million which is $29 million below the
FY 2009 level and $5 million above the President's request. The House
CJS bill recommends $114 million.
The major research equipment and facilities construction
appropriation supports the acquisition, procurement, construction, and
commissioning of unique national research platforms and facilities as
well as major research equipment. Additionally, preliminary
design and development activities, on-going operations, and maintenance
costs of the facilities are provided through this appropriation
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