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Senate Leaders Release FY21 Appropriations Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee made its Fiscal Year 21 appropriations bills public. The chairman's press release states that "By and large, these bills are the product of bipartisan cooperation among members of the committee." The majority will forgo moving the bills forward for consideration by the Appropriations Committee and full Senate, instead moving to negotiations with the House in order to approve final bills ahead of a December 11th expiration of the current temporary agreement that is keeping the government open. In a separate press release, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee lamented the lack of an opportunity to formally amend the bills before entering negotiations with the House.

The Senate FY21 appropriations bills recommended reductions to Department of Defense research and development accounts and modest increases for other key science agencies including NIH (+4.78%), NSF (+2.41%), DOE Office of Science (+0.37%), and NASA Science (+1.91%). The Senate also recommended an increase of $150 to the maximum Pell award and level funding for other student aid programs.

A final FY21 spending package will likely emerge from a lame duck session of Congress later this month or in early December. 

Agency/Office/Program
Dollars in thousands, except Pell Grant maximum award
FY20 Final FY20 Final % Change from FY19 FY21 Pres. Request FY21 Pres. Request % Change FY21 House FY21 Senate FY21 Final
Department of Defense, RDT&E 104,431,232 10.0 106,224,793 +1.72 104,348,089 104,080,076  
DOD, 6.1 Basic Research 2,603,345 -0.6 2,319,126 -10.91 2,621,477 2,407,126  
DOD, 6.2 Applied Research 6,069,765 0.0 5,391,069 -11.18 5,921,015 5,997,677  
DOD, 6.3 Advanced Technology Development 7,400,767 0.5 7,077,772 -4.36 7,077,772 6,753,939  
DOD, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 3,458,321 0.8 3,566,000 +3.12 3,511,848 3,491,294  
Department of Education, Pell Grant 22,475,372 0.0 22,475,352 - 22,475,352 22,475,352  
DOEd., Pell Grant Maximum 6,345 2.4 6,345 - 6,495 6,495  
DOEd., Work Study 1,180,000 4.4 500,000 -57.63 1,210,000 1,180,000  
DOEd., Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants 865,000 3.0 0 -100 880,000 865,000  
DOEd., Institute of Education Science (IES) 623,462 1.3 565,400 -9.32 630,462 635,462  
DOEd., IES Regional Educational Laboratories 56,022 1.1 0 -100% 57,022 56,022  
Department of Energy, Office of Science 7,000,000 6.3 5,800,000 -17.14 7,050,000 7,026,000  
DOE, Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy 425,000 16.1 22,200 -94.78 435,000 430,000  
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Science 716,449 1.4 484,700 -32.3 745,345 717,000  
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science 7,138,900 3.4 6,306,000 -11.67 7,097,000 7,274,700  
National Endowment for the Humanities 162,250 4.7 33,400 -79.42 170,000 162,300  
National Institutes of Health 41,684,000 6.7 38,371,491 -7.95 46,959,000* 43,684,000  
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1,034,000 4.9 738,000 -28.62 1,044,000 1,050,000  
NIST Industrial Technology Services, Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Manufacturing USA 162,000 4.5 5,000 -96.58 170,000 165,500  
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 548,384 4.4 327,000 -40.33 584,426 552,000  
National Science Foundation 8,278,330 2.5 7,700,000 -7.0 8,550,000 8,478,000  

 

 

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