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Euphoria Fades as Threats Emerge

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Science  08 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5365, pp. 819-820
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5365.819

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At last week's annual R&D colloquium sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, which publishes Science), several speakers warned that all federal R&D agencies other than the National Institutes of Health face an uphill battle despite a favorable 1999 budget request from the president and a bipartisan coalition in Congress backing basic research. That sobering view is based on the projected outcome of three current battles on Capitol Hill: tobacco legislation, highway spending, and a pending House budget resolution to cut $100 billion in federal spending over the next 5 years and abolish the Commerce and Energy departments.