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New Republicans Could Revise Party Line on Research Funding

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Science  26 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6008, pp. 1162-1163
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6008.1162

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The new Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, due in part to the success of Tea Party activists, is quite different from its predecessors. And that difference could put a damper on hopes that the next Congress will deliver on a long-promised expansion of federal spending on research and education outlined in a 2005 National Academies' report that has been embraced by both parties, because the new leadership has declared its intent to re-embrace the core Republican principle of limited government.