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Lawmakers Back R&D Boosts for 1999

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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1827-1828
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1827

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Spending committees in both the House and Senate gave a green light last week to a $1.3 billion neutron facility at the Department of Energy, while two other Senate panels granted the National Science Foundation and NASA more generous funding levels than most observers anticipated and increased basic research spending by the military by more than 6%. The numbers so far are surprisingly close to the 1999 budget request made in February by President Bill Clinton, who sought substantial increases in most R&D efforts (Science, 6 February, p. 794).