News of the Week2001 BUDGET

Clinton Seeks 'Major Lift' in U.S. Research Programs

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Science  28 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5453, pp. 558-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5453.558

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Two weeks before the official roll-out of his proposed 2001 budget, President Bill Clinton unveiled his request to Congress for a hefty 7% increase in programs that account for the bulk of government spending on civilian science and technology. The proposed $2.8 billion hike, which would prove a windfall to researchers exploring everything from the sun to atomic-level machines on Earth, represents a strong commitment to academic research. It also challenges Congress to ease up on spending limits in favor of boosting science.