USDA, NSF and DOE funding bills released by House and Senate

Last week, the House Agriculture and Energy & Water (E&W) and the Senate E&W and Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittees have released their bills with more expected to be released over the next few weeks. The House Agriculture bill, which sets funding for USDA, would provide $2.85 billion for research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The big news in the bill is the $25 million increase for the competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) bringing its budget to $375 million. Both the House and Senate E&W bills provide $5.40 billion for the Department of Energy, Office of Science, a disappointing increase of only $50 million above the previous year. The Senate CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, which controls funding for the National Science Foundation, also approved its bill providing $7.51 billion for NSF, an increase of only $46 million. With the budget essentially flat this year, significant funding increases for research programs appears unlikely. Find all the latest budget news on our Budget and Appropriations webpages.