News & CommentTHE 1999 BUDGET

Science Catches Clinton's Eye

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Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 794-797
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.794

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After years of leaving the heavy lifting to Congress, President Bill Clinton has requested a massive boost to biomedical and basic science funding in 1999. What's different about this year? The federal deficit has vanished, partisan tensions have eased, and the R&D community has won some advocates in Washington. The proposed budget contains a significant increase for virtually every R&D agency except NASA. Overall, civilian R&D would rise 6% to $36.4 billion and continue growing through 2003. Nor would defense R&D suffer greatly as a result; those programs would hold at $40 billion, with basic research growing by 6.6%.