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Research Holds Up Well In Final 2011 Agreement

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Science  15 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6027, pp. 291
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6027.291

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When the dust settles on the spending bill—negotiated just an hour before the federal government would have shut down last week—scientists can breathe more easily. U.S. research agencies were largely spared from deep cuts in current spending. The legislation, up for a vote as Science went to press, would trim $38.5 billion from 2010 budget levels. But it marks a major retreat from the $61 billion cut approved in February by the Republican-led House of Representatives that would have hobbled basic research across the federal government and ravaged energy and climate programs.