House Approves Budget, Including Commitment to Science and Technology Funding


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(Washington, DC)--Today, the House of Representatives approved H.Con.Res.85, which sets budget levels for fiscal year 2010 through 2014.

"The funding outlined in the budget resolution will give Congress the ability to keep the promises that it made in the America COMPETES Act, as well as provide NASA the support it needs to fulfill the missions the nation has asked of it," said Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). "I look forward to working with Chairman Spratt and the Administration to ensure we end up with a fiscally responsible budget that will put our nation back on track, especially creating--and keeping--jobs. Investments in science, technology, and education can help us restore our economic competitiveness by meeting our growing need for energy we produce at home, understanding and mitigating climate change, and ensuring that we have a both a workforce prepared for the jobs of the future and the good jobs for them to take."

Budget levels for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy Office of Science are included in function 250.

The budget resolution included, in section 303, a deficit-neutral reserve fund for increasing energy independence, including investment new energy technologies and training of workers for "green collar" jobs.

The budget resolution included, in section 603, a focus on promoting American innovation and economic competitiveness, which read that the "House should provide sufficient investments to enable our Nation to continue to be the world leader in education, innovation, and economic growth as envisioned in the goals of the America COMPETES Act."

Also, Chairman Gordon submitted written testimony to the Appropriations Committee Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee hearing today on FY10 Appropriations funding.

For more information, please see the Committee's website.

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