Category Archives: Bills of Special Interest to ASLO Members

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.