News of the WeekNSF AND NASA BUDGETS

Rhetoric Meets Reality on the House Floor

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Science  17 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5435, pp. 1827-1829
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5435.1827b

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The House of Representatives last week passed a spending bill that imposes deep cuts in NASA's budget and erases a proposed increase for the National Science Foundation. The Senate has yet to act on the $92 billion measure, and its fate is uncertain as Congress and the White House remain deadlocked over whether to lift tight caps on domestic spending or break their pledge not to spend the surplus from Social Security. But a series of floor votes last week suggests that researchers face an uphill battle in the stiff competition for federal funds.