Urge the Senate Not to Eliminate NSF’s Political Science Program

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has proposed an amendment (No. 2631) to eliminate the National Science Foundation’s political science program. It is an amendment to the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill (H.R. 2847), which is on the Senate floor today. NCH urges anyone who values political science research to contact your Senator’s office TODAY to ask them to vote against Coburn’s amendment.

President Signs Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown

On October 1, President Obama signed into law the Legislative Branch fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill (H.R. 2918, H. Rept. 111-265) which includes language providing one month of stopgap funding for the federal government. Fiscal year 2010 began on October 1. To date, Congress has only passed one of the twelve FY 2010 appropriations bills. As a result, a continuing resolution was needed to keep the Government functioning.

Senate Passes FY 2010 Interior Funding Bill

On September 24, the U.S. Senate approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies spending bill (H.R. 2996). The legislation includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service. Of particular concern is the fact that the Senate bill provides $161.3 million for NEH, $8.7 million less than the level approved by the House.