Hill Boosts and Cuts Funding for Science Agencies

31 May 2018
AGU Science Policy Alert 18-5

NASA, NSF, NOAA Update

On 17 May, the House Appropriations Committee considered the FY2019 Commerce, Justice, Science spending bill, which funds NASA, NOAA, and NSF. Both NASA and NSF received increases over last year, but NOAA got a large cut:

  • NASA received $21.5 billion or a 3.7% increase over FY2018 Omnibus levels;
  • NOAA received $5.2 billion or a 11.5% decrease from FY2018 Omnibus levels; and
  • NSF received $8.2 billion or a 5% increase over FY2018 Omnibus levels.

More details available on our funding page.

Even with the large increases in funding for NASA and NSF, not every program fared as well – NASA Earth Science saw a decrease, for example. For more details on the positives and negatives for each agency, see our recent Bridge post.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has stated that it will consider its Commerce, Justice, Science spending bill the week of 11 June. There’s still time to encourage your Senators to maintain the House’s record high funding levels for NASA and NSF and reverse the House’s cuts to NOAA and to some programs within NASA.

Take five minutes to urge your legislators to provide robust funding for these agencies!

DOE Update

Both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees have already considered their Energy and Water spending bills, which include funding for the Department of Energy (DOE).

In the House spending bill:

  • DOE’s Office of Science received $6.6 billion or a 5.4% increase over FY2018 Omnibus levels; and
  • ARPA-E received $325 million or an 7.9% decrease from FY2018 Omnibus levels.

In the Senate spending bill:

  • DOE’s Office of Science received $6.65 billion or a 6.2% increase over FY2018 Omnibus levels; and
  • ARPA-E received $375 million or a 6.2% increase over FY2018 Omnibus levels.

EPA and USGS Update

The House Interior and Environment spending bill, which includes funding for EPA and USGS, has not yet been considered by the full Appropriations Committee. The subcommittee did release a draft version of the bill.

  • EPA received just under $8 billion or a 1.3% decrease from FY2018 Omnibus levels; and
  • USGS received $1.2 billion or a 4.5% increase over FY2018 Omnibus levels.

The Senate has not yet introduced their Interior and Environment spending bill. Stay tuned for more details as they come!

Write your legislators today to request strong funding for science agencies in 2019.