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SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah
Ranking Member Fattah directs increased funding levels to science, space, and manufacturing priorities in FY 15 bill
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Neuroscience funding was one of several key priorities championed by Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) that received a boost in today's full Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 15 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Act. As Ranking Member of the CJS Subcommittee, Fattah helped steer more $51.2 billion in net discretionary funding to the Departments of Justice and Commerce, the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and other related agencies under the subcommittee's jurisdiction.
Funding for neuroscience research received $105 million in the legislation, more than $21 million above the FY 14 level. Fattah, who is architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, signaled that the increase is a significant victory not only for brain research, but for the entire science community.
In addition to funding through NSF to advance research related to the BRAIN Initiative, cognitive science, and neuroscience, the bill includes funds to establish and support an annual international neuroscience conference that would convene government officials, neuroscience researchers, industry, and nonprofits.
Fattah praised Chairman Frank Wolf's (R-VA) leadership of the subcommittee and thanked him for creating a collaborative environment that helped produce a truly bipartisan bill.
"In this legislation we were able to come together in a bipartisan manner to tackle some of our nation's greatest challenges involving neuroscience, basic research and scientific funding, the future of space exploration, domestic manufacturing, and our nation's justice system," Fattah said. "It has been an honor working with Chairman Wolf-his passion and commitment will be greatly missed. While we have not agreed on every issue, more often than not we have been able to find common ground and craft legislation that strengthens our country and creates a better future for all Americans."
Other Fattah priorities in the bill include funding for medical imaging, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, NSF's Innovation Corps, and space technology.
Highlights of the FY2015 CJS Appropriations Act:
National Science Foundation: $7.409 billion in overall funding, which is $237.3 million above FY 14 levels and $154.2 million above the budget request.
Department of Commerce: $8.35 billion overall, which is an increase of $171.1 million above FY 14 levels.
Department of Justice: $27.8 billion in overall funding, an increase of $382.8 million above FY 14.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): $17.9 billion in overall funding, which is $249.5 million above FY 14 levels and $435.4 million above the budget request.
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
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