This morning House and Senate leaders of the respective Appropriations Committees announced a deal on funding for the current fiscal year. As we’ve reported this year’s funding for most of the federal government has been limbo for months because of the national elections last year. The current Congress faced two choices — extending 2006 funding for the full year government-wide, or extending it for most of the government but reviewing funding for certain programs and agencies on a case-by-case basis. Many scientific societies called on Congress to follow through with already proposed increases for key science agencies in what was called a “continuing resolution plus” strategy. ACM recently joined with other computing leaders in a letter to Congress on the issue.
The reported deal is fairly close to what the computing research community was seeking. From CRA’s weblog:
This is welcome and somewhat surprising news considering the conventional wisdom was that Congress did not favor increasing funding for any of these agencies in the continuning resolution. The House is expected to debate and vote on the legislation this week. The Senate should quickly follow any House action.