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Unity Marks Effort to Bolster R&D

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Science  31 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5339, pp. 796
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5339.796a

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Members of both houses of Congress have embarked on complementary efforts aimed at winning a higher profile for science. A Senate meeting on 22 October was filled to bursting with presidents of scientific and engineering societies after lawmakers introduced legislation that calls for doubling civilian R&D spending in the next decade. The next day, House lawmakers kicked off a related project with the help of about 30 distinguished scientists and administrators--a major study that could revamp federal support for science in a post-Cold War world. But participants admit it will be tough to turn the rhetoric into dollars.