House Appropriations Committee Approves FY19 Increases in Key Federal Science Budgets

On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2019 fiscal year Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill. The CJS bill serves as the vehicle for annual appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Census Bureau, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and many other federal departments and agencies. The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) has shared its analysis of the key spending provisions in this important bill.

According to COSSA's analysis, the House CJS bill increases funding for the NSF, NIJ and Census budgets over FY18 enacted levels, and holds the budget for the Econmomic and Statistics Administration level, The Senate has not yet released the details of its CJS bill. The next step for the bill is consideration by the full House. However, with the August recess quickly approaching, and this being an election year, floor time is extremely limited. It remains to be seen whether/how House leadership will proceed with the individual appropriations bills this year. It is all but certain that FY19 will begin on October 1, 2018 under a continuing resolution (CR). 

See the COSSA analysis brief for further details, and visit COSSA to follow important news on federal funding for the social and behavioral sciences.