Science, space get budget push
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- May 25, 2000
Budget boosts for NASA and the National Science Foundation are included
in a $101 billion fiscal 2001 spending bill approved Tuesday by the House
Appropriations Committee's Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development
and Independent Agencies Subcommittee.
The bill, which now goes to the full House Appropriations Committee
for consideration, brings NASA's fiscal 2001 funding to $13.7 billion, a
$112 million increase over fiscal 2000. President Clinton had requested
$14 billion for NASA.
The bill funds the International Space Station at $2.1 billion, which
is $215 million less than fiscal 2000. But NASA's Mars mission is funded
at the president's requested level of $327 million. Following the failures
of two Mars exploration spacecraft in late 1999, NASA is strengthening its
technological oversight and personnel management as well as restructuring
the Mars program.
The subcommittee approved a $4.1 billion budget for the National Science
Foundation, a $167 million increase over fiscal 2000. The president requested
$4.5 billion, a record increase for the agency, which will be tasked with
new initiatives in information technology research, nanotechnology and the
development of cybersecurity service program.
The bill also would fund HUD at $30 billion, $2.5 billion below the
administration's request. It also funds EPA at $7.2 billion.