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How Science Eluded the Budget Ax—For Now

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Science  22 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6028, pp. 407-408
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6028.407

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When details of the 11th-hour budget compromise that kept the U.S. government running emerged last week, it became clear that science programs fared relatively well. True, most research agencies will have less to spend this year than they did in 2010, and the totals generally fall well short of what President Barack Obama had requested when he submitted his 2011 budget 14 months ago. But the legislators and Administration officials who struck the spending deal managed to slice $38.5 billion from a total discretionary budget of $1.09 trillion without crippling research activities.