Republicans split on climate, social science spending

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Science  19 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6241, pp. 1298
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6241.1298

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Republicans control both houses of Congress, but they don't speak with one voice when it comes to funding research at the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and other agencies. That difference became clear last week after the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 2016 spending bill that does not call for the steep cuts to climate and social science programs approved a week earlier by the House of Representatives. And whereas the House would give NSF a bit more money, the Senate version hews closer to the balanced portfolio that most scientists prefer. And nothing more will happen to either version until the two parties can reconcile their differences over how much the government can spend for the fiscal year that begins on 1 October.