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Observers See Ominous Trend In '96 Science Budget

Sidebar:Projected Efforts of Congressional Budget Resolution on Nondefense R&D for the years 1995 to 2002. Analysts say funding cuts represent a shift in Congress away from traditionally 'reflexive' support for scientific initiatives Senate and House committees surprised many science-minded Americans last month when-after months of rumored cuts-they decided to sustain funding for nondefense medical and basic research through 1996. Few analysts were surprised, however, when the committees began

Steve Sternberg
Sidebar:Projected Efforts of Congressional Budget Resolution on Nondefense R&D for the years 1995 to 2002.

Analysts say funding cuts represent a shift in Congress away from traditionally 'reflexive' support for scientific initiatives

Senate and House committees surprised many science-minded Americans last month when-after months of rumored cuts-they decided to sustain funding for nondefense medical and basic research through 1996. Few analysts were surprised, however, when the committees began to slash funds for energy and environmental research and federal technology-transfer programs.

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Albert H. Teich, who directs science-policy programs for the 140,000-member, Washington, D.C.-based American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), says fiscal conservatives in Congress telegraphed their intent during weeks of debate over government funding for science by mounting their "greatest assault" on environment, energy, and technology-transfer programs, initiatives favored by the Clinton administration.

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