The Senate may vote on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill (S. 2437) as soon as the week of June 16. The bill, which funds the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, Census Bureau, and other agencies and programs important to the social and behavioral science community, advanced through the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 5. In its current form, the bill preserves funding for federal social and behavioral science programs. Details on the funding levels included in S. 2437 as reported by the Appropriations Committee can be found here. The bill now heads to the Senate floor, likely in the coming days.
It is likely that we will see amendments offered on the Senate floor seeking to cut funding for programs important to the social science community. Write to your Senators TODAY and tell them to oppose any amendment that would divert funding away from social and behavioral science programs or attack specific fields of research. It is possible that we could see a replay of the “Coburn amendment” that targeted the NSF political science program in FY 2013.