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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tough cuts proposed for US science - February 03, 2011

Nature.com

Tough cuts proposed for US science - February 03, 2011

scissors.jpgBy Adam Mann

When Republicans took control of the US House of Representatives at the beginning of this year, they promised to make cutting what they saw as an inflated federal budget their priority. True to their word, on 3 February Republican legislatorsreleased a miserly budget that includes significant reductions in federal science funding for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.

The proposed budget, announced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), sets limits that legislators must abide by in crafting a Continuing Resolution (CR) to cover the seven remaining months (March-September) of FY2011. The total sum sheds $74 billion from President Obama’s 2011 budget request, $58 billion of which will come from non-security domestic discretionary spending that includes scientific investments. The details surfaced later in the day, when House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) specified the amounts each of his subcommittees will have to trim to meet the goal.

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