Funding for the NSLS

The operating funds for the National Synchrotron Light Source comes from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) within the Office of Science.

In the Congressional budget process, the BES program is governed by four Congressional Committees that are shown in the table below. Each Committee contains a subcommittee that specifically considers the BES portion of the President's Budget Request.

Congressional Committees with responsibilities that include BES

Type of Committee House of Representatives The Senate
Authorization Committee on Science Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
   - subcommittee Energy Energy
Appropriations Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations
   - subcommittee Energy and Water Development Energy and Water Development

Authorizing Committee

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Authorizing Legislation

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Appropriations Committee

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