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DOE Project Survives Close Call in Preliminary House Budget Vote

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Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1594
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1594a

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Summary

Neutron scientists are breathing a bit easier after their flagship U.S. construction project, the Spallation Neutron Source, walked a political tightrope last week in Congress--and survived. The key vote was cast by the House Science Committee, which reversed a thumbs-down verdict earlier in the day and agreed on a $100 million budget to begin construction. That authorization, combined with $169 million approved the previous week by a Senate spending panel, puts the $1.36 billion accelerator on firmer footing for budget battles later in the year.