How the House and Senate Want to Stimulate Science

The Senate yesterday released its markup of the massive stimulus package, an $825 billion spending and tax bill meant to revitalize the U.S. economy. As with the draft released by the House of Representatives, the Senate package includes billions for federal scientific research. In many cases, the level of funding for research and related activities differs quite a bit from what the House wants. Here’s a first cut at the overall numbers, ranked roughly by increasing disparity. The House was voting today on amendments to its bill and is expected to pass it today or tomorrow; the Senate will then pass its bill. The two sides are hoping to pass a stimulus package by 16 February, President's Day.

Stay tuned for further analysis agency-by-agency. Links to past coverage below, with agencies apart from NIH after the jump.

National Institutes of Health
House: $3.5 billion (includes $1.5 billion for extramural research, over 2 years, $1.5 billion for extramural facilities, and $500 million for on-campus buildings.)

Senate: $3.5 billion ($2.7 billion split between director's office and the institutes, $500 million for on-campus buildings, and $300 million for extramural instrumentation.)

Department of Defense (Biodefense)
House: $900 million (including $430 million for BARDA and $420 million for pandemic flu vaccine development)
Senate: $870 million (entirely for flu vaccine development)

House: $1 billion (including $600 million for climate sensors and modeling, $400 million for habitat restoration)
Senate: $1.2 billion (including $795 million for facilities and equipment, $427 million for restoration and maintenance)

Department of Energy
House: $41 billion (including $2 billion for the Office of Science, which supports U.S. physics, and $400 million for ARPA-E)

Senate: $40 billion (including $430 million for Office of Science, $2.6 billion for energy efficiency and renewable-energy research)

House: $520 million (including $300 million for extramural buildings, $100 million for intramural research, and $70 million for Technology Innovation Program)

Senate: $575 million (including $357 million for intramural facilities, $218 million for competitive grants)

U.S. Geological Survey
House: $200 million (to upgrade labs, enhance National Map project and various monitoring networks)
Senate: $135 million

National Science Foundation
House: $3 billion (including $2 billion for research, $100 million for education, $400 million for major new facilities, $300 million for instrumentation, and $200 million for academic renovation)

Senate: $1.4 billion (including $1 billion for research, $50 million for education, $150 million for new facilities, and $200 million for instrumentation)

House: $600 million (including $400 million for science, $150 million for aeronautics, and $50 million for repairs to NASA facilities damaged by hurricanes)

Senate: $1.5 billion ($500 million for science, $250 million for aeronautics, $500 milllion for human exploration, and $250 million for hurricane repairs)

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