The Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), recommended on September 12 to increase fiscal year 1991 funding of the National Science Foundation (NSF) by $27 million above the level approved by the House. At the same time the subcommittee approved a spending level for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that is $855 million below that recommended by the House.
NSF funding under the Senate bill (H.R. 5158) would be $2.36 billion, an increase of 14% over last year. Like the House bill, the Senate's bill eliminates funding for a gravitational wave observatory. Science education programs were increased to $322 million, higher than both the House bill and President Bush's request.