US science funding frozen

The financial crisis befalling the nation has proven that its tentacles reach even into the scientific community. On Saturday (Sept. 27), the US Senate decided to freeze federal funding of any program except those relating to veterans affairs and national security by linkurl:passing;http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR02638:@@@X bill linkurl:HR 2638.;http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR02638:@@@L&summ2=m& This leaves many US science agencies including NASA, the National In

By | September 30, 2008

The financial crisis befalling the nation has proven that its tentacles reach even into the scientific community. On Saturday (Sept. 27), the US Senate decided to freeze federal funding of any program except those relating to veterans affairs and national security by linkurl:passing;http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR02638:@@@X bill linkurl:HR 2638.;http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR02638:@@@L&summ2=m& This leaves many US science agencies including NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation high and dry for the first half of the 2009 fiscal year. The bill, which received broad bipartisan support in Congress, keeps the budgets of NASA, the NIH, the NSF, and the Department of Energy at current levels from tomorrow - October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year - until March 6, 2009. The passage of this legislation scuttles an attempt to linkurl:boost;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55016/ the NIH budget by $500 million before the start of the fiscal year as well as linkurl:other;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54756/ planned NIH budget increases. Only the $150 million linkurl:increase;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54761/ that the NIH got as part of a supplementary funding bill back in July will stand. Researchers applying for new or continued NIH funding this year will likely feel the pinch in the form of less grant awards and reduced funding levels on existing grants, according to linkurl:__Science__.;http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/929/1 The legislation now goes to President George W. Bush's desk to await his signature.

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Avatar of: anonymous poster

anonymous poster

Posts: 8

September 30, 2008

Congress needs to get its priorities straight. A crash course in Economics 101 is needed.
Avatar of: Caroline Abbott

Caroline Abbott

Posts: 1

October 2, 2008

This is a guns-and-butter bill. Science is butter. Guns win.

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