NSF gets increase in funding for fiscal year 2012

Previous versions of the Commerce/Justice/Science bill had flat-funded the agency
On November 17, Congress passed the conference report of the Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bills — also known as the “Mini-bus” (House Report 112-284). The National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of many federal agencies funded through this legislation, and previous versions of the Commerce/Justice/Science bill had flat-funded the agency with no increases in overall support. In this final Mini-bus, however, NSF will see an increase over its current funding, for a total of $7 billion in Fiscal Year 2012. The legislation also included a Continuing Resolution to keep the government operating until December 16. Said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), “This bill keeps us on track to reduce discretionary spending for the second year in a row — an historic achievement that breaks the trend of ballooning federal spending… After difficult but successful negotiations with our Senate counterparts, we were able to produce this compromise bill — the first appropriations conference report in two years.This legislation represents the kind of hard but necessary decisions that will help get our government on a more sustainable financial path, and will put us one step forward as we work to complete the remaining funding bills for the year.”