On June 25, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies completed marking up its funding bill, which prescribes the annual budget allotments for NASA and the National Science Foundation, among other agencies.
Faced with an allocation for fiscal year 1993 that does not even keep pace with inflation inflation, the subcommittee could not hope to approach the almost 18% funding increase that President Bush requested for NSF. Instead, the agency's total budget remains relatively flat. It is proposed to grow by $39 million, or 1.47%, to $2.72 billion, translating into a real decrease after inflation. The NSF total is $303.5 million less than the $3.02 billion requested by the Bush administration.