"Cannibals" At The Gates Of Congress: A Call For Activism, Not Complacency

The Scientist, Vol:10, #4, pg.10 , February 19, 1996.
Author: Eugene Garfield
Eugene Garfield
There was an audible sigh of relief in the life sciences community in early January when Congress approved-and President Clinton signed-authorization bill H.R. 1358. The bill set the fiscal year 1996 budget of the National Institutes of Health at $11.9 billion, an increase of 5.7 percent. With the Republicans in Congress waging a holy war to balance the budget at any cost, many scientists feared that research budgets would be reduced, if not slashed. Apparently, NIH has dodged the bullet.

Other science funding agencies have not fared as well. Under an omnibus bill (H.R. 2405) passed last October that combined authorizations for seven federal funding agencies, the total appropriations for basic research increased by just 1.4 percent. The loser was the National...

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