News of the WeekBUDGET 2000

Congress Boosts NSF, Reverses NASA Cuts

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Science  15 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5439, pp. 386-387
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5439.386

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The budgetary roller coaster ride for many U.S. scientists ended last week when President Bill Clinton said he would sign a spending bill drafted by congressional leaders that gives the National Science Foundation (NSF) a significant boost for 2000 and restores much of the cut in NASA's proposed science program. That victory, however, comes with a steep price tag for NASA: millions of dollars in pork-barrel spending.