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U.S. Science Agencies Finally Have (Reduced) Budgets for This Year

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Science  29 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6127, pp. 1511
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6127.1511

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U.S. research agencies finally know their budgets for the rest of the fiscal year after Congress completed work last week on a bill to fund the government through 30 September. Although the Senate managed to reduce the pain for some programs, only one has more to spend than in 2012. However, no agency has been spared the $85 billion, across-the-board reduction known as sequestration that went into effect on 1 March. Agency heads are now in the process of finalizing 2013 spending plans, which must then be approved by Congress.