Butterfield Cheers Full Funding of National Science Foundation
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) cheered today’s passage of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015 that provides the highest funding level for the National Science Foundation that the agency has ever had. This victory follows Representatives Butterfield and David McKinley (R-WV) urging, through a joint letter that was co-signed by 132 members of Congress, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science to fully fund NSF.
“I am pleased to see our efforts pay off,” said Butterfield. “The National Science Foundation is the sole federal agency specifically responsible for supporting education and research in science and engineering fields. Fully funding NSF demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to investing in STEM education and fields, and developing a workforce capable of meeting related needs.”
The measure provides $232 million (3 percent) more than current funding and $149 million (2 percent) more than requested.
The bill passed the House by a 321-87 bipartisan vote. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.