Good and Bad in Senate Spending Bills

27 June 2018
AGU Science Policy Alert 18-6

Mixed Bag for Science Funding in Senate 

President Trump has stated that he will not sign another omnibus spending bill, a bill that combines most of the spending bills together, so both the House and Senate are working to pass spending bills individually or in small groups. The Senate Appropriations Committee has considered and passed funding legislation for the EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF, USGS, and DOE Office of Science (OfS) and ARPA-E. In the Senate spending bills: 

  • EPA received $8.1 billion or flat funding from FY2018 funding levels. 
  • NASA received $21.5 billion or a 2.8% increase over FY2018 funding levels. 
  • NOAA received $5.5 billion or an almost 6% decrease from FY2018 funding levels. 
  • NSF received $8.1 billion or a 4.3% increase over FY2018 funding levels. 
  • USGS received $1.1 billion or flat funding from FY2018 funding levels.
  • DOE OfS received $6.65 billion or a 6.2% increase over FY2018 funding levels
  • DOE ARPA-E received $375 million or a 6.1% increase over FY2018 funding levels 

More details about how individual agency programs fared are available on our funding page. Read more about the pros and cons for each agency on The Bridge blog

These numbers are not yet final – the full House and Senate must still vote on the bills that fund the EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF, and USGS. Take five minutes to urge your legislators to provide robust support for all of our Earth and space science agencies! 

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day 12-13 September 

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) brings together Earth and space scientists from several scientific societies for a half-day training workshop and a day of Congressional meetings. Geo-CVD is a great opportunity to network with science policy interested colleagues and engage with your legislators! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so apply today

Intern for the Public Affairs Team 

AGU’s Public Affairs team is looking for an intern to help during the busy fall season, which includes major AGU events, a congressional visits day, and Congressional authorizations and appropriations legislative work. Join us to learn more about the policymaking process and how scientists are making a difference on Capitol Hill. 

Fall Meeting 2018 Public Affairs Sessions 

This year’s Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. is a unique opportunity to get involved in science policy. Take advantage of this setting by submitting an abstract to one of the 75 Public Affairs sessions this year! The deadline to submit abstracts is 1 August 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET. Find guidelines for submitting your abstracts here

Meet with Your Legislators in the District 

Throughout the month of August, members of Congress will be back in their home states and districts meeting with constituents. Now is the perfect opportunity for you to schedule a meeting with your legislator, and AGU has all the tools you need to make it happen! Contact for more information. We’re here to help you! 

“Censored Science” at EPA 

This rule would exclude research that is vital to informed decision-making under the guise of transparency and the desire to ensure the reproducibility and robustness of science. Help inform policymakers by submitting a comment before the 16 August deadline!