In DepthU.S. Policy

Election stakes go beyond control of the Senate

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Science  24 Oct 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6208, pp. 408-409
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6208.408-a

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Political junkies may think the 4 November U.S. election is about whether Republicans can win control of the U.S. Senate and rule both houses of Congress. For many science advocates, however, the Senate's fate is merely a sideline in their continued campaign to reverse stagnating science budgets and ward off new automatic, across-the-board budget cuts like last year's sequester. They are also waiting to see how the next Congress and the White House resolve a bevy of science-related policy controversies. To boost their chances, research advocates have begun using a new catch phrase, the "innovation deficit," that they hope will help them make the case for more spending on science.