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House FY 2016 CJS Bill
America COMETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR 1806)
Census 2020 and the American Community Survey  
Title VI and Fulbright Hays  
About MPSA's Advocacy Efforts

House FY 2016 CJS Bill

"The House passed the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill this evening by a vote of 242 to 183. Twelve Democrats voted in favor of the bill with 10 Republicans voting against." - From COSSA, House Passes FY16 NSF, Census, Justice Spending Bill, June 4, 2015

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America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR1806)

On April 15, 2015 House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year’s version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF’s research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE). The bill was marked up by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee on April 22 and voted to the House floor.

HR1806 passed in the House on May 20, 2015 by 217-205 vote

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Census 2020 and the American Community Survey

"In its FY 2015 budget, the House once again voted to make participation in the American Community Survey (ACS) voluntary. In response the Census Project helped coordinate a letter to Congress signed by the seven living former Census Bureau directors. The letter urged the Senate not to follow the House action. Again, the Senate budget contained no language to dilute the ACS. The final FY 2015 Census Bureau budget preserved the ACS but did cut Census 2020's ramped- up planning budget by approximately 50 percent, to $123 million. With a change in political leadership in the Senate, Congress may be much more critical of Census Bureau planning budgets and the ACS for the next fiscal year." - Read more at The Census Project

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Title VI and Fulbright Hays

For FY 2015, the National Humanities Alliance urges Congress to continue to provide $82.16 million for the Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Programs (HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays), including $74.1 million for Title VI and $8.06 million for Fulbright-Hays. Despite a proven record of success, these programs have sustained disproportionate cuts in recent years, and it is critical to begin to restore their capacity. Funding was reduced by 40% in FY 2011, 2% in FY 2012, and 5.5% in FY 2013.

The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill provided $72.164 million for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays international education programs, broken out as follows:

  • Domestic Programs (HEA-Title VI, Parts A&B): $65.103 million
  • Overseas Programs (Fulbright-Hays 102(b)(6)): $7.061 million
For FY 2015, President Obama has requested $76 million in funding for the IEFLS programs, including: $69.103 million for HEA Title VI-A&B and $7.061 million for Fulbright-Hays 102(b)(6).  Title VI/Fulbright-Hays programs are funded under the Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. Read more at the National Humanities Alliance

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About MPSA's Advocacy Efforts

The purposes of the MPSA are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems. As such, MPSA is a nonpartisan association. It does not support political parties or candidates. MPSA's advocacy and public awareness efforts have been designed to support researchers, political science as a discipline and the social sciences in general.  

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Please explore our website for additional resources to support your own advocacy efforts. Email questions to MPSA executive director William Morgan at (morgan at mpsanet dot org).