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House Report Takes Middle Ground

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Science  02 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5386, pp. 23-24
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5386.23a

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The United States must commit to "stable and substantial" funding for basic research if the country is to prosper in a post-Cold War world. That's the main conclusion of a much-anticipated congressional report released last week by Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and members of the House Science Committee. Although some observers predict that the report will help politicians focus on the problems facing the scientific community, critics say its three dozen recommendations offer few fresh insights into such thorny issues as guidelines for participating in international projects and improving science education.