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What's in the second minibus for tech policy

Mar 21, 2024
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Lawmakers released the second appropriations package just before 3am ET Thursday, including funding levels for the FCC and FTC for the rest of the fiscal year.

The big picture: Congress is staring down a Friday night deadline to avoid a partial shutdown.

What's inside: The final FY24 minibus includes six bills and clocks in at over 1,000 pages. Here's the topline numbers for tech policy you need to know:

  • $425.7 million for the FTC, $4 million less than last year
  • $390.2 million for the FCC, the same as FY23
  • $741.6 million for DHS' Science and Technology Directorate, nearly $160 million below last year's level
  • $148.3 billion for the Pentagon's research, development, test and evaluation funding. That's $8.6 billion above last year's level, when the DOD accounted for almost half of all federal R&D funding.
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