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Science Stays on Track in Last-Minute Spending Bill

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Science  23 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6063, pp. 1613
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6063.1613

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Last week's $915 billion spending bill for fiscal year 2012, which began on 1 October, gives the $30 billion U.S. National Institutes of Health a small bump and averts looming cuts to the Department of Energy's $5 billion Office of Science. A slew of so-called policy riders proposed by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives relating to programs at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior didn't make it into the final bill. And despite the bitter partisanship that characterized the negotiations leading up to an agreement between the White House and Congress, the legislation aligns with many of the Obama Administration's top scientific priorities.