House Spending Panel Would Cut Billions From Research Agency Requests

The spending panel in the House of Representatives has proposed billion-dollar cuts in the proposed budgets of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy's Office of Science for this year as part of its plan to trim $35 billion from current domestic discretionary accounts. Other research agencies would also see their budgets slashed.

Today's announcement by the House Appropriations Committee would apply to the rest of the 2011 fiscal year and is based on President Barack Obama's request for 2011 that is still pending before Congress. It's in keeping with Republican promises to roll back federal spending to 2008 levels. The proposal doesn't actually do that, but leaders have said that they hope to accomplish the full $100 billion reduction by combining these cuts with additional reductions for 2012. The full House is expected to vote on the 2011 funding levels next week. But its fate is uncertain, as Democratic leaders in the Senate are likely to present their own spending plan.

The National Journal is reporting the following details of selected research agencies from this morning's meeting of the panel and the amount below their 2011 request:

  • Office of Science under the energy and water spending bill, -$1.1B
  • NIH , -$1B 
  • National Science Foundation, -$139M
    • National Institute of Standards and Technology, -$186M
    • NOAA, -$336M
    • Department of Agriculture's University Research programs, -$246M
    • USGS -$27M

    Other cuts include:

    • NASA , -$379M
    • Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies -$30M
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy -$899M
    • Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability -$49M
    • Nuclear Energy -$169M
    • Fossil Energy Research -$31M
    • Clean Coal Technology -$18M
    • Strategic Petroleum Reserve -$15M
    • Energy Information Administration -$34M
    • Power Marketing Administrations -$52M
    • Department of Treasury -$675M
    • Internal Revenue Service -$593M
    • Treasury Forfeiture Fund -$338M
    • GSA Federal Buildings Fund -$1.7B
    • ONDCP -$69M
    • International Trade Administration -$93M
    • Economic Development Assistance -$16M
    • Minority Business Development Agency -$2M
    • National Drug Intelligence Center -$11M
    • Law Enforcement Wireless Communications -$52M
    • US Marshals Service -$10M
    • FBI -$74M
    • State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance -$256M
    • Juvenile Justice -$2.3M
    • COPS -$600M
    • Legal Services Corporation -$75M
    • EPA -$1.6B
    • Food Safety and Inspection Services -$53M (FY10)
    • Farm Service Agency -$90M
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service -$60M
    • Rural Development Programs -$227M
    • WIC -$758M
    • International Food Aid grants -$544M
    • FDA -$220M
    • Land and Water Conservation Fund -$348M
    • National Archives and Record Service -$20M
    • DOE Loan Guarantee Authority -$1.4B
    • EPA ENERGY STAR -$7.4M
    • EPA GHG Reporting Registry -$9M
    • EPA Cap and Trade Technical Assistance -$5M
    • EPA State and Local Air Quality Management -$25M
    • Fish and Wildlife Service -$72M
    • Smithsonian -$7.3M
    • National Park Service -$51M
    • Clean Water State Revolving Fund -$700M
    • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund -$250M
    • EPA Brownfields -$48M
    • Forest Service -$38M
    • National Endowment for the Arts -$6M
    • National Endowment for the Humanities -$6M
    • Job Training Programs -$2B
    • Community Health Centers -$1.3B
    • Maternal and Child Health Block Grants -$210M
    • Family Planning -$327M
    • Poison Control Centers -$27M
    • CDC -$755M
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services -$96M
    • LIHEAP Contingency fund -$400M
    • Community Services Block Grant -$405M
    • High Speed Rail -$1B
    • FAA Next Gen -$234M
    • Amtrak -$224M
    • HUD Community Development Fund -$530M

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