News & Comment1997 Budget

Congress Targets Fusion, Favors NIH

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Science  19 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5273, pp. 303-304
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5273.303


Congress delivered a double punch to the U.S. fusion program last week when House and Senate panels voted separately to chop its budget well below the amount researchers agree is necessary to keep even a modest effort on track. Biomedical research fared much better: The House approved a 6.9% increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Senate is likely to follow suit with a smaller boost. These actions were part of a flurry of budget activity as Congress raced to clear as much legislation as possible before the August recess and the fall election campaigns.