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Science gets modest reprieve in Trump budget

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Science  16 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6377, pp. 723-724
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6377.723

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This week's 2019 budget request from U.S. President Donald Trump has left science advocates more convinced than ever that the White House doesn't place much value on federally funded research. That feeling comes despite the administration's eleventh hour decision to rescind proposals for double-digit budget cuts at major research agencies. The White House took that step after Congress agreed last week to boost federal spending by nearly half-a-trillion dollars this year and next. And science advocates are counting on lawmakers to ignore a Trump administration spending blueprint that—once again—calls for cutting or killing an array of federal research programs. They hope legislators will use the additional funding to bump up agency budgets, a likely prospect given their expressed support for growing the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and other research agencies.

  • With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser, David Malakoff, Jeffrey Mervis, and Paul Voosen.