FABBS: Legislative Update

FABBS Member Societies and Affiliates:


Most of the federal government is currently being funded on a Continuing Resolution (CR) that ends on April 28th. At that time, funding for the remainder of the fiscal year will need to be in place (either through the passage of another CR or appropriations bills), or government agencies will face a shutdown. After releasing a budget blueprint for FY 2018, the Administration circled back to weigh in on funding for the current fiscal year, FY 2017. 


To offset increases in defense spending, the Administration is proposing cuts of $18 billion in FY 2017. According to information released this morning, the Administration is proposing a reduction in NSF’s research account by $350 million from current CR funding. The proposed cut for NIH is $1.2 billion in FY 2017. This means that NSF and NIH would need to absorb the reduction in the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2017. 


In the end, Congress will decide how much and what to cut in the current fiscal year. Fortunately, we’re hearing from some key members of Congress in both parties that is “too late” to attempt cuts to the FY 2017 budget. This will continue to play out over the next month, and we will keep you informed about the latest, as well as ways in which you can help.


Below is an article regarding the proposed budget cuts.





Paula Skedsvold, JD PhD

Executive Director

Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

1001 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20036



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