Supplemental funding update

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Just to carry through news posted at the CRA’s blog last week while I was traveling, Thursday they let us know that the House didn’t include any additional money for science in fiscal 2008, but the Senate version does.

The Senate version, which is scheduled to have floor time next week, also includes $1.2 billion for science at NASA, NSF, NIH, and DOE. It is unlikely that the Senate will pass the supplemental with a veto proof majority so the question going forward is how to reconcile the two bills — and how they will handle the science funding — and avoid a Presidential veto. It is likely that much of the Senate funding will get stripped out in order to satisfy House Republicans and “Blue Dog” Democrats who would vote against the additional spending and to avoid a veto by the President.