R&D Takes a Hit, But Don't Count It Out

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Science  23 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5414, pp. 565-566
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5414.565a

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Dividing along party lines, Congress narrowly approved a Republican budget resolution on 15 April that would hold the line on federal spending and, in the process, slash most civilian R&D budgets. The $1.7 trillion budget for fiscal year 2000, which begins 1 October, would channel surplus revenue into tax cuts and the Social Security program while requiring steep reductions in future "discretionary" domestic programs. But the gloomy resolution comes with a silver lining: There is almost no chance that Congress will stick to its numbers when appropriators sit down next month to begin setting spending levels for each agency.