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HR 1572: Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act

The bill, also referred to as the Botany bill, promotes botanical research and botanical sciences capacity, and for other purposes.

In general, the legislation would require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, United States Geological Survey, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and such other agencies and instrumentalities as the Secretary determines appropriate, to support a robust program of intramural and extramural botanical science research as relevant and appropriate to support the Department’s land management responsibilities.

HR 3038: Securing American Science and Technology Act (SASTA) of 2019

To establish an interagency working group to coordinate activities and develop policy guidance to protect federally funded research and development from foreign interference, and for other purposes.

The bill would create a roundtable at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and an interagency working group within the White House, to serve as platforms for discussions among stakeholders on how to address issues of foreign influence on science and academic espionage.  

HR 2960: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

This bill provides FY2020 appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and independent agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Energy-Water spending bill, approved by the House Appropriations panel on May 21, would fund the Department of Energy Office of Science at $ 6.87 billion, an increase of $285 million or 4.3 percent above the FY 2019 level and $1.3 billion above the President’s request for FY 2020. The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), slated for elimination under the President’s budget, would receive an increase of $59 million to $425 million.

HR 2740: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

This bill provides FY2020 appropriations to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and related agencies.

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, their first spending bill for FY 2020, on May 8. The bill includes $189.9 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $11.8 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $48 billion above the President’s budget request for FY 2020. The National Institutes of Health would receive $41.1 billion in FY 2020, an increase of $2 billion over the FY 2019 enacted level.

HR 3055: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

The bill provides appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the FY 2020.

On May 22, 2019, House appropriators approved funding increases for most science agencies that fall under the jurisdiction of the CJS appropriations:

  • The National Science Foundation would receive $8.64 billion, $561 million above the FY 2019 enacted level. President Trump had requested a $1 billion (-12.5 percent) cut to the agency. The Research and Related Activities Account, which includes the Biological Sciences Directorate, would receive $7.1 billion, an increase of $586 million or 8.9 percent.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) would receive $22.3 billion in FY 2020, an increase of $815 million, with its science programs receiving $7.2 billion (+3.7 percent). NASA was slated for an overall 2 percent cut in the President’s budget, with its science programs facing an 8.7 percent cut.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive $ 1.04 billion (+$54.7 million), with $751 million (+3.7 percent) targeted to core research activities.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, slated for a nearly $1 billion budget cut under the President’s proposal, would receive a flat budget of $5.4 billion under the House bill. Funding would be targeted to priorities such as climate research, improvements in weather forecasting, reduction of harmful algal blooms, and fisheries management.

HR 3052: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020

This bill provides FY 2020 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.

The House Interior-Environment appropriations bill would boost funding for the Department of the Interior by $833 million to $13.79 billion in FY 2020. The bill does not provide funding for Interior’s reorganization efforts and includes standard language requiring the department to submit a more detailed plan for the overhaul. Congress had provided Interior with $14 million in FY 2019 for the reorganization and the department had requested $28 million for the effort in FY 2020. Funding for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) would be augmented by $75 million (+6.5 percent) to $1.24 billion. The Administration had proposed to cut USGS funding by 15 percent in FY 2020. Other agencies covered by the Interior-Environment bill would also see funding boosts:

  • $1.4 billion (+$66 million) for the Bureau of Land Management
  • $1.7 billion (+$79 million) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • $3.4 billion (+$168 million) for the National Park Service
  • $1.07 billion (+$28 million) for the Smithsonian Institution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be funded at $9.5 billion (+$672 million) in FY 2020, with its core science and environmental programs receiving $3.41 billion, an increase of $105 million above FY 2019. The bill includes language urging EPA “to continue its support for the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers.” The agency had announced plans on May 20 to end funding for the network of 13 research centers across the country focused on studying the impacts of pollution and other environmental threats on children.