News of the WeekThe 2010 Budget

Stimulus Spending Looms Large as Obama Charts a Course for Science

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Science  15 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5929, pp. 864-866
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_864a

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Despite repeated campaign assurances about the importance of investing in science, President Barack Obama's $3.6 trillion budget request to Congress—his first since taking office in January—is hardly a call to arms. Overall spending on research would creep up by 0.6%, to $59 billion, over the comparable appropriation for 2009. What that number doesn't include, however, is the unprecedented $21 billion influx of research funding from the one-time stimulus package enacted in February. The small percentage change also reflects large increases this year for some agencies that legislators approved belatedly in March.