President Biden Signs Final Round of FY 2024 Appropriations Bills

With little time to spare, Congressional appropriators came to final agreement on fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding for the remaining six appropriations bills. As recently reported, Congress passed and President Biden signed into law a package containing six of twelve annual appropriations bills, including the bill that funds the National Science Foundation, Census Bureau, National Institute of Justice, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, among other agencies and departments. The latest package was announced this week and contains the following FY 2024 bills: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; Defense; Financial Services; Legislative Branch; Homeland Security; and State and Foreign Operations.

Of particular interest to the COSSA community is the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill, which funds the National Institutes of Health and other health agencies, the Department of Education, and the Department of Labor. The following pages detail the final appropriations levels for these agencies included in the FY 2024 LHHS bill.

As previously reported, the FY 2024 appropriations bills are bound by the strict budget caps agreed to last year. As with the other FY 2024 package passed earlier this month, these caps have resulted in reductions to many accounts, returning some agency budgets back to FY 2023 levels or below. 

In addition to the cuts made to several agencies, the lateness of the final budget puts extra strain on science agencies that need to obligate their funding by the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Agencies’ employees will work feverishly over the coming weeks to develop their spending plans, which will detail how each plan to address reductions in funding. These plans are due to Congress but not public.

With FY 2024 behind us, Congress will now turn its attention to the FY 2025 appropriations process.

Read on for details of the FY 2024 final appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Defense. 

The bill text and accompanying reports are available on the House Appropriations Committee website.

Stay tuned to COSSA’s reporting to get all the details about FY 2024 and FY 2025 science funding.


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