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FY18 President's Budget: White House
The appropriations committees are now drafting their FY 2018 spending bills, and they are asking members of Congress to respond to the 2018 budget submission by making programmatic requests as early as May 30. 
FY17 budget becomes law: budget $ pie chart courtesy ccPixs,com
After months of negotiations with Congress, the $1.070 trillion omnibus spending bill was signed by President Trump on May 5. The bill maintains or increases funding for most major scientific research accounts, including those at NSF, NOAA, and NASA.
South portico of White House
In late February, the Trump administration announced a $54 billion increase in defense spending in its budget request for fiscal year 2018, along with a commensurate $54 billion cut in non-defense discretionary spending. Unauthorized reports about which programs might be targeted by the proposed cuts are raising questions at federal agencies and at institutions that receive grant and contract funding from the federal government.
"Vote" sign pointing to polling place
UCAR provides a rundown of pertinent results from the November 8 elections and related information relevant to the atmospheric and Earth system science community.
West front of the U.S. Capitol
The quiet August 2016 congressional recess is giving way to a period of fiscal uncertainty and high-spirited spending debates. Here is a look at where spending and other legislation important to the atmospheric and Earth system science community currently stands.
The Full House Committee marks up the FY14 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill on June 27, 2013.
The House Appropriations Committee met on May 24 to mark up its version of the Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill for the key science agencies relevant to the atmospheric and Earth system science community. The House Bill contains different emphases from the Senate version.
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in session, April 2016
The Senate Appropriations Committee met to mark up its version of the Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill on April 21. The Bill totals approximately $56.3 billion in discretionary spending.
Photo of the White House (By AgnosticPreachersKid (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The White House has released the final budget request of the Obama Administration. We highlight areas of interest to the atmospheric and related Earth system science community.
The "blue marble" Earth from space
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have finished the $1.1 trillion spending bill for Fiscal Year 2016. We provide highlights for the atmospheric and related geosciences community.
Bipartisan budget deal: disretionary spending projection chart
The agreement raises discretionary spending caps, increases federal funding for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and paves the way for an FY16 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
Continuing Resolution passes: photo of wooden gavel
Congress approved and President Obama signed a short-term Continuing Resolution that provides for the maintenance of appropriations at current (Fiscal Year 2015) spending levels, albeit reduced across the board by 0.21 percent.
2016 Update: cover of the Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2015
Negotiations are under way to consider and pass a continuing resolution (CR) before the start of Fiscal Year 2016 on October 1, 2015.
Archway over Appropriations Committee doorway, Senate wing, U.S. Capitol building
While the House CJS Appropriations Bill passed the House of Representatives on June 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee version is unlikely to be considered by the full Senate.
U.S. Capitol Building
The bill includes funding for the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It will likely be considered by the full House of Representatives in June.
cover of the Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2015
President Obama signed spending legislation on December 16 to fund the Federal government, including the science agencies, through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015.
The short-term continuing resolution prevents a government shutdown, while putting off major funding decisions for FY15 and maintaining FY14 funding levels for discretionary spending, including for the federal science agencies.
Capitol Dome
The bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, contains $51.2 billion in total discretionary funding, a reduction of $398 million below the FY 2014 enacted level.
Portion of FY 2015 budget request graph for NSF Geosciences
The Obama Administration released its FY 2015 budget request on March 4, including plans and proposals for the federal science agencies that fund the atmospheric sciences. We break down the numbers.
Rainbow in western Colorado
Last week the House passed by voice vote HR 2413, the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act, introduced by Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) last summer and approved by the House Science Committee last fall.
Kristin Mooney and Melissa Burt at NSF GEO workshop, UCAR, March 2014
On March 13, the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology favorably reported HR 4186, the FIRST Act (Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology).
Omnibus funding passes: Photo of western sky after a storm has passed
The spending bill follows passage in mid-December of a budget agreement that provides the federal agencies with partial relief from sequestration for two years. We break down the numbers and highlight language of interest to the atmospheric and Earth system science community.
Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives
Update: On December 18, by a vote of 64 to 36, the Senate gave final approval to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and sent the bill to the President for his signature.
Washington Update: 48-hr forecast map of the U.S., NCEP/HPC
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has approved two bills with bipartisan support: the Committee Manager’s amendment to the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013 and the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013.
Landsat data: Global forest cover gain and loss since 2000
The agencies are being encouraged to foster government-industry-research projects, and to be prepared for additional rounds of spending cuts in FY 2015.
NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft at TOPSE Field Project
House and Senate committees have taken steps toward a third reauthorization of the Act. Both the House and Senate have held hearings on reauthorization in the last month, and the majority and minority on the House Science Committee have released alternative draft proposals.
People costs: chart showing impacts of weather, climate, on lives, livelihoods
To keep the federal government open, Congress will need to agree to appropriate additional discretionary funds by that date.
Washington Update: UCAR President Thomas Bogdan
Leaders from the National Science Foundation, UCAR, and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in support of the FY2014 NOAA, NASA, and NSF budgets.

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