In DepthU.S. ELECTIONS

For science, impact of Republican win may be muted

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Science  14 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6211, pp. 796-797
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6211.796

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The new Republican Congress will certainly oppose a host of programs favored by the Obama administration. But the impact of the election on several policy areas of interest to the scientific community is likely to be less obvious. The electoral changes don't splinter bipartisan coalitions aimed at renewing a popular tax credit for business investment in research, cutting research regulations and speeding the development of new drugs, creating a network of advanced manufacturing centers, expanding early education, and opening the border to more high-skill immigrants. And although some committees will certainly become platforms for anti–Barack Obama rhetoric, others seem like good bets to produce bipartisan legislation. And when it comes to money, the challenge will be to use the broad, bipartisan support for research, especially in the biomedical sciences, as a lever to ease existing spending caps.

  • * With reporting by the Science News staff.