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Scoop: Lawmakers kickstart NIST funding push

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Lawmakers are preparing to push House appropriations committee members to prioritize NIST funding for FY25, according to a letter obtained by Axios.

The big picture: NIST has a whopping $1.1 billion deferred maintenance backlog, according to its FY25 budget submission to Congress.

  • The FY24 spending package provided NIST with just $1.46 billion, a cut from $1.6 billion last year.

Reps. Joe Neguse, Jay Obernolte and David Trone are rallying their colleagues to sign on to a letter requesting $975 million for research and $400 for research facility construction.

  • The letter will be sent to House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chair Hal Rogers and Ranking Member Matt Cartwright.
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