AIP FYI #75: FY 2010 House Appropriations Bill: National Science Foundation

The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News

The report accompanying the House Appropriations Committee version of the FY 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill has just been posted. This report stresses the importance of science and technology to the nation, stating in regard to the National Science Foundation:

“The value of the NSF to the future growth of the United States economy was clearly acknowledged in the National Academy of Sciences report Rising Above the Gathering Storm and in the America Competes Act (Public Law 110-69). NSF’s budget is on course to double by fiscal year 2016, and the funding recommended in this bill is consistent with this goal.”

House Report 111-149 has extensive language regarding the NSF, and may be viewed at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app10.html The following are selections from this committee report.



“Ocean acidification. – Ocean acidification is a critical problem with potentially destructive effects on coral reefs and commercial fisheries. Within the amounts appropriated, funding is included for research into the causes of and solutions to the growing threat of ocean acidification at levels consistent with the recommendations of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Program.

Richard M. Jones, SpaceRef.com, 15 June 2009. Full status report.

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