News of the Week2001 BUDGET

Austerity Push Begins a Bumpy Ride for R&D

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Science  31 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5462, pp. 2392-2393
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5462.2392

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A booming economy, an enthusiastic president, and a supportive Congress should provide science and technology with safe passage through the turbulent annual budget cycle. That's the conventional wisdom. And while many budget watchers predict that science will eventually prevail, a bitter partisan battle now under way over government restraint in an era of surpluses is giving R&D advocates a collective case of the jitters.