After serving as chairman of the United States Senate subcommittee on science, technology, and space, Vice President Al Gore brought a technological and environmental bent to the White House. In addition to Gore's background, Clinton's 1992 pledges to build up the country's technology infrastructure, shift some R&D spending away from defense, and "significantly strengthen" the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, may have raised expectations that a Clinton presidency would be keen on science.

"There are people who, I am sure, were looking at the new administration and saying, 'Now we're going to get these large increases in the budgets of the agencies that support basic research,'" says Albert H. Teich, director for science policy at the Washington, D.C.-based American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). "But the overall budget climate is constrained, and a president has to work within the constraints. Given the constraints, he has...

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