As the year comes to end, Congress is considering the final loose ends on 2016 federal funding. Included in the over 2000 page appropriations bill are several funding streams for STEM education programs and initiatives.
The Math and Science Partnerships program at the Department of Education is funded at $152 million, which is consist with spending levels from last year. The National Science Foundation’s education programs increased slightly to $880 million. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 and the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, are attached to HR 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. A line itemed summary can be found below, as well as links to the larger bill.