Further Budget Information for the NSF

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June 14, 1996

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies has approved an FY 1997 spending bill that would provide $3,253 million for the National Science Foundation. This includes $2,422 million for Research and Related Activities and $612 million for Education and Human Resources. These figures are below the amounts requested by the NSF, but slightly higher than this year's spending levels (more budget info below).

It is now the Senate subcommittee's turn to propose budget figures. The final appropriation for the NSF usually ends up somewhere in between the House's numbers and the Senate's numbers, so it is important for the Senate to come close to and preferably exceed the House's proposal.

If you haven't already, please write to your senators or call their offices and let them know how important the NSF's research and education programs are to your institution and your state. Contact them even if they are not members of the appropriations subcommittee (listed below) and ask them to express their support for nsf to the subcommittee chair, Sen. Christopher Bond. Please share this information with interested colleagues or ask them to co-sign your letter.

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), a broad-based advocacy group for the NSF, is recommending that the NSF's research account be funded at $2,522 million, $50 million above the request, a position endorsed by JPBM. Please consider specifically stating your support for CNSF's recommendation in your communication. CNSF's position paper is available (via fax, 3 pages) upon request.

Thanks very much to those of you who responded to my earlier alert about the NSF budget. Your contacts with your legislators are important to them and are greatly appreciated by those of us working on behalf of the mathematical sciences!

Lisa Thompson, Congressional Liaison
202/234-9570, 202/462-7877 FAX, jpbm@math.umd.edu


(in millions, current dollars)                  budget     House      CNSF
                                     estimate   request  Proposal  Recommdtn
                             FY 95     FY 96     FY 97     FY 97     FY 97
Research and Related
   Activities                 2282      2314      2472*     2422*     2522*
Education and Human
   Resources                   612       599       619       612
Academic Research
   Infrastructure              118       100         0         0
Major Research Equipment      1268        70        95        80
administrative expenses        134       137       139       139
                              ----      ----      ----      ----
TOTAL, NSF                    3270      3220      3325      3253

*includes $50 million for the academic instrumentation program that was
 previously funded from the Academic Research Infrastructure account.

MEMBERS OF THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Alabama Richard C. Shelby 224-5744 224-3416 Alaska Ted Stevens 224-3004 Colorado Ben Nighthorse Campbell 224-5852 228-1933 Louisiana J. Bennett Johnston 224-5824 224-2952 Maryland Barbara A. Mikulski 224-4654 224-8858 Missouri * Christopher S. Bond 224-5721 224-8149 Montana Conrad Burns 224-2644 224-8594 Nebraska Robert Kerrey 224-6551 224-7645 New Jersey Frank R. Lautenberg 224-4744 224-9707 Utah Robert F. Bennett 224-5444 Vermont Patrick J. Leahy 224-4242 224-3595 (first number is phone, second number is fax, use area code 202) *Address letters to the Chair: The Honorable Christopher S. Bond Chair, Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Mr. Chairman: Address letters to all other members: The Honorable ___ United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator ___ :

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