They say the proposal may be the best they can get, but Rep. George Brown warns that it may not get through Congress intact
Officials at major scientific societies and associations say they are generally satisfied with the Clinton administration's $71 billion budget request for science research and development in the 1995 fiscal year. The proposed funding levels, they contend, are about as favorable for the research community as could be expected-- in view of tight constraints on the overall federal budget.

But Rep. George E. Brown, Jr. (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee--and regarded widely as Congress' No. 1 science expert--has expressed serious concern over the proposals and how they are likely to fare at the hands of his colleagues on Capitol Hill.

The budget, released early last month, includes a 6 percent increase for the National Science Foundation, up to a level of $3.2...

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