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AAAS Analysis of 2005 U.S. Spending Measure Finds Mixed News for R&D
A lame-duck U.S. Congress completed the overdue 2005 budget Saturday, approving a $388 billion spending plan that contains significant bad newsand a few bright spotsfor science and technology interests, according to a new analysis by Kei Koizumi, AAAS's expert on federal R&D spending.
Under terms of the omnibus spending bill, the National Science Foundation will sustain a $107 million, 1.9 percent spending cut, while the budget for the Advanced Technology Program in the Department of Commerce was trimmed by 24 percent. The National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Department of Energy's Office of Science all recorded small gains in the congressional spending bill.
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