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New Leaders Emerge After Senate Shake-Up

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Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5522.1627a

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A political earthquake has U.S. science advocates scrambling to survey a dramatically altered Washington, D.C., landscape. With Republican Senator Jim Jeffords's (VT) announced defection from his party, control of the Senate will switch to the Democrats. That power shake-up, say science lobbyists, could affect both research budgets and science policy.