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FY 2018 research funding largely spared in Senate

Even though Congress got a late start this year, but that hasn't stopped appropriators from making rapid progress on spending legislation. At this point, the House has passed all twelve appropriations bills, but the Senate has started moving ahead with its bills as well. Last week, the Agriculture and Energy & Water funding bills were approved by their subcommittees and the full appropriations committee. The Agriculture bill funds USDA research programs and these programs received very small funding increases or flat funding for FY 2018. The Energy & Water bill funds the Department of Energy – Office of Science which received a 3% funding increase. In a welcome show of support, Senate appropriators rejected the Administration and the House’s proposal to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. Instead, Senate appropriators provided an 8% increase to ARPA-E's budget to $330 million. Finally this week, the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee approved its funding bill providing the National Science Foundation with a 2% funding cut. Further details on the bill will be available later this week. See all budget updates on the Budget and Appropriations webpages.