Update on Budget Resolution
The first part of FASEB's two-part request has been (nearly) met.
Today, House and Senate Conferees to the FY2008 Budget Resolution
agreed on a proposal to provide an additional $21 billion for
non-defense discretionary programs (Note: FASEB's alert asked Members
to support $22 billion). The $21 billion is significant and a victory
for the programs that are funded out of the discretionary pie, such
as NIH, NSF, DOE, VA, USDA and NASA. The House plans to vote on the
budget resolution tomorrow morning, and the Senate hopes to vote on
it tomorrow afternoon. The FY2008 Budget Resolution is expected to
pass in both Houses of Congress.
Once the budget is passed, the Chairmen of the Appropriations
Committees in the House and Senate will provide allocations to the
twelve appropriations subcommittees. Therefore, you still have time
to request that your Members of Congress support the $14 billion
increase (over FY2007 levels) for Labor-HHS-Education programs. Thus
far, more than 11,000 letters have been sent by FASEB society members
FASEB's ALERT: http://capwiz.com/faseb/issues/alert/?alertid=9722801&type=CO
And, even though we expect Appropriations Chairmen Obey and Byrd to
provide allocations in fairly short order, it appears that the
appropriations subcommittees in the House will not begin marking up
its bills until after the Memorial Day recess.
Thanks for your efforts on FASEB's Action Alert!
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