Budget resolution stalls in the House

The House Budget Committee approved its FY 2017 budget resolution on a 20-16 vote, with all but two Republicans and no Democrats voting in its favor. The resolution, which establishes binding targets for appropriators, keeps discretionary spending flat in FY 2017 at $1.07 trillion, in accord with the budget agreement reached last fall. However the bill has failed to come to the floor for a full vote since House leaders fear an embarrassing defeat when a key GOP contingent – the Freedom Caucus – came out against the increased spending limits in the budget deal. Of interest to researchers, the report accompanying the budget, proposed cuts to research programs, specifically programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE).