The House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee has drafted a $34.7 billion FY 2011 funding bill that allocates $1.5 billion or 5.6 percent less than the Administration requested for the Department of Energy.

U.S._House_SealThe House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee has drafted a $34.7 billion FY 2011 funding bill that allocates $1.5 billion or 5.6 percent less than the Administration requested for the Department of Energy. The subcommittee’s bill would essentially freeze the budget for the Office of Science in FY 2011. Spending on nuclear weapons activities would increase 8.2 percent.

The subcommittee approved its bill last Thursday by voice vote. The bill’s accompanying report with specific program recommendations will be released after the full House Appropriations Committee meets and passes the legislation. It is not known when or whether the full committee will meet to consider the legislation.

The subcommittee released a one page table with proposed funding levels. Excerpts from each follow:

Department of Energy:
FY 2010 appropriation: $27,111 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $29,613 million
Subcommittee recommendation: $28,109 million, an increase of $998 million or 3.7 percent above this year.

Office of Science:
FY 2010 appropriation: $4,904 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $5,121 million
Subcommittee recommendation: $4,900 million, a decline of $4 million or 0.1 percent below this year.

Weapons Activities:
FY 2010 appropriation: $6,384 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $7,009 million
Subcommittee recommendation: $6,910 million, an increase of $526 million or 8.2 percent above this year.

Nuclear Energy:
FY 2010 appropriation: $787 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $824 million
Subcommittee recommendation: $824 million, an increase of $37 million or 4.7 percent above this year.

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Source: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
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