The Senate has voted to pass the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. It will now go to the President for his signature. This bill included funding for NASA and NSF.
NSF got $6.927 billion, which splits the difference between the House and Senate numbers. This is an increase of $436.1 million (6.7%) over FY2009 (without including the stimulus funding). NSF funding in Fy2009 was nearly $9.5 billion when the stimulus funding is included.
NASA received $18.7 billion, which was the budget request and includes funding for the human spaceflight program. The Science Mission Directorate received $4.469 billion. This is close to the budget request and is a 0.75% cut from the FY 2009 levels (without including the stimulus funding). It is to be noted that NASA science is not included in the doubling agenda for science funding in the United States. NSF, DOE, and NIST are included in this doubling agenda.
On another note, Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) has decided not to run for re-election in 2010. He was the influential chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee and a great advocate for science. Congressman Jerry Costell (D-IL) has expressed interest in seeking the chairmanship of the full committee. He is currently the second ranking Democrat on the S&T committee.Tags: FY10 Appropriations, House Committee on Science and Technology, NASA, NSF