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Obama's 2012 Vision Clashes With House Cuts in 2011

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Science  18 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6019, pp. 832-833
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6019.832

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It's a tale of two budgets, and the U.S. science community is applauding one while deploring the other. The twin story lines involve the president's vision for 2012 and a spending plan by House Republicans for the rest of this fiscal year. The latter is needed because Congress still hasn't finished work on the budget for the 2011 fiscal year that began last October. And while budgets are always political statements, this pair goes further by painting starkly contrasting visions of where the country should be headed—and the role of research in helping it to get there. All this is a recipe for confusion and uncertainty.

* With reporting by the Science News staff.

  • * With reporting by the Science News staff.