EDITORIAL

Two threats to U.S. science

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Science  17 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6441, pp. 613
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax9846

Summary

Last month, the House Appropriations Committee of the U.S. Congress began drafting its Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill. Among the promising news is the committee's support for a $2 billion increase above Fiscal Year 2019 for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first step in what is likely to be a long and contentious budget process. Why, then, is the cycle of success that the U.S. scientific enterprise has enjoyed since the mid-20th century in jeopardy?