Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which includes funding for the National Science Foundation. The bill funds the Obama administration's request for the NSF's Education and Human Resources directorate across the board, including a $12.4 million bump for the Advanced Technological Education program. ATE is the flagship program for community colleges at the NSF, and a top priority for AACC. Thanks to all of the AACC members that responded to our recent alert to weigh in with the Senate CJS appropriations subcommittee.
The Senate ATE outcome is in stark contrast to the program's fate in the House appropriations measure, where it was cut by over $29 million, effectively terminating the program. After the full Senate passes the bill, the two chambers must reconcile the differences between their respective versions. Stay tuned for legislative alerts to let all of Congress know that the final CJS appropriations bill should include the Senate figure for the ATE program.