News of the Week2010 U.S. Budget

Congress Takes Care of Science In Quiet Finish to a Busy Year

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Science  18 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5960, pp. 1608
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5960.1608

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Congress has quietly passed a 2010 spending bill that gives several U.S. science agencies pretty much what they expected, including a 2.3% bump for the National Institutes of Health and a 6.7% increase for the National Science Foundation. The lack of fireworks stems in part from the lawmakers' preoccupation this year with other issues—from health care reform to the war in Afghanistan. But another factor was the $18 billion investment in research approved in February as part of the $787 billion stimulus package to revive the sagging economy. That windfall postponed until next year most of the usual battles over each agency's annual appropriations.