News from FABBS

Deciphering the 2018 Midterm Elections and Its Implications for Science

November 16, 2018

The historic 2018 midterm elections are over with a record 49.2% of the eligible voting population casting ballots in congressional and gubernatorial elections nationwide.

The overarching outcomes are apparent—the U.S. House of Representatives will be controlled by the Democrats, while the Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. Senate.  Nonetheless, a week after the election and still unfolding, there are 8 undeclared races in the House and two in the Senate,

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NSF Funding in Limbo For Now

October 30, 2018

With enthusiasm from many corners, Congress passed and the President signed a massive spending bill funding the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health, and Education a couple of days before FY 2019 would begin. Although agencies funded under the bill fared well, agencies such as the National Science Foundation have not received a budget for the current fiscal year.

NSF and other agencies continue their FY 2018 funding under a short-term continuing resolution  (CR) that

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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Fund Health and Education Agencies for Fiscal Year 2019

September 20, 2018

On September 18, by a vote of 93-7, the United States Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations conference report before the start of the fiscal year—a feat not achieved since 2007! The bill funds the National Institutes of Health and other health agencies, as well as the Institute for Education Sciences within the Department of Education. The measure, H.R. 6137, which also includes funding for the Department of

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NSF Spending Bill Advances in Senate

June 29, 2018

On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), among other federal agencies and programs.

The Senate CJS Appropriations bill includes $8.1 billion in funding for NSF for FY19, $301 million above the enacted FY18 level, and $597 million above the administration’s original request for NSF for

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