Appropriations Update: House Looks to Pass Funding Bills Before August Recess

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the House of Representatives will vote next week and the week after on bills to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2023. The House Rules Committee is set to meet on Monday, July 18 to consider the rules of debate for several spending bills, including for the Department of Energy. As mentioned in last week’s Washington Insights and Highlights Newsletter, the House Appropriations Committee passed legislation that would fund the Department of Energy’s Office of Science at $8 billion. While this is an increase of $525 million over the FY 2022 enacted funding level, it is below the amount that CGS and the broader higher education and scientific communities requested for the Office of Science.

The Senate has yet to begin work on appropriations for FY 2023. According to media reports, Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will introduce all 12 spending bills at the end of July before the August recess.