The budget resolution calls for a 4.2 percent reduction that would affect the general science programs at the Department of Energy.

U.S._House_SealThe House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a spending blueprint that will guide the FY 2012 appropriations process. It is fully expected that there are enough votes in the Republican-controlled House to pass this bill and that the Democratic-controlled Senate will reject it. This budget resolution calls for a 4.2 percent reduction, as compared to the FY 2011 Administration request, in total FY 2012 funding for the National Science Foundation, general science programs at the Department of Energy, for all NASA programs except its aviation program (which is in a different budget category) and for the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.

As described in the House Budget Committee’s, “The Path to Prosperity, Restoring America’s Promise,” “this budget starts to restore spending discipline to a government that badly needs it by returning non-security discretionary spending to well below 2008 levels.”

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