Research programs mostly spared in House fiscal 2018 spending bills

Even without a budget resolution to guide overall federal spending, House appropriators released several fiscal 2018 appropriations bills this week, including those that fund USDA, Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Overall, these research programs were spared the deep cuts proposed in the Trump budget, but instead saw flat funding or small cuts for FY2018. See the draft bills and webcast of the mark up for the Agriculture, the Energy and Water and the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriation bills. Senate appropriators have yet to begin marking up any of the 12 bills that set government spending and many observers predict that Congress will extend 2017 funding levels well into the 2018 fiscal year before legislators reach final agreement on the 2018 budget. See more budget details here as they are released.