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Science Spared Brunt of Ax in Budget Request

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Science  17 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6070, pp. 783-784
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6070.783

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Faced with implacable Republican opposition to his economic policies, President Barack Obama sent Congress a clear message in the 2013 budget he submitted this week: Don't cut research. Of course, Obama's stern warning to Congress doesn't mean that scientists will get in the fiscal year that starts on 1 October what the president has requested for them—an overall increase of 1% in federal research and development, to $140 billion. But at a time when legislators are demanding big cuts in federal spending, it doesn't hurt that Obama has reiterated his belief that research and innovation are keys to the nation's economic recovery.

  • * With reporting by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Adrian Cho, Jocelyn Kaiser, and David Malakoff.