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Space Science Feels Budget Ax in Senate

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Science  24 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5436, pp. 2045-2047
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5436.2045

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Last week, a Senate panel granted NASA its full $13.6 billion request for 2000, but voted only $2.08 billion for space science in 2000, $43 million less than this year's budget and a hefty $120 million shy of what was requested. The cut was especially painful because the committee granted both NASA and the National Science Foundation the overall amounts the White House asked for--thanks to a critical decision by Senate Republican leaders to break strict budget caps.