Writing and securing passage of the FY 2012 bills will be difficult because appropriators will have nearly $46 billion less in funding for non-security programs when compared to the current year.

U.S._House_SealLast week the House Appropriations Committee started to draft its FY 2012 funding bills. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced a schedule that would send the bills funding the Department of Energy, NASA, National Science Foundation, NIST, Department of Defense, and U.S. Geological Survey to the House floor before the August 6 recess. Writing and securing passage of the FY 2012 bills will be difficult because appropriators will have nearly $46 billion less in funding for non-security programs when compared to the current year.

In commenting on these proposed cuts, Rogers stated “Facing record-high deficits, this year, more than ever, we must make the hard budget decisions to help rein in spending. The Appropriations bills this year will include double-digit reductions for virtually every non-security area of government, while providing additional resources for the nation’s critical and urgent needs – such as our national defense. Many of these cuts will not win any popularity contests, but these types of reductions are imperative to overcoming our unparalleled fiscal crisis so that we can get our economy moving, create jobs and provide future financial security.” Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) was not persuaded, saying “These reductions are irresponsible and they would necessitate draconian cuts to programs that Americans depend on.”

Energy and Water Development Subcommittee
The tentative allocation of $30,639 million is $1,043 million less than the current year, and is $5,901 million less than that requested by the Obama Administration.
This bill provides funding for the Department of Energy, including the Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The subcommittee is scheduled to mark up its bill on June 2; the full committee on June 15.

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Source: Richard M. Jones | FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
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