Trump rescinds planned 29% budget cut at NSF

Science | AAAS | 2/12/2018 | Staff
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White House budget request for the National Science Foundation would fund two new research vessels, but some members of Congress want three.

It took last week’s budget agreement to rescue the National Science Foundation (NSF) from being an unimportant piece of the nation’s research enterprise in the eyes of the White House.

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Why did the president suddenly reverse course? On Friday, Congress passed a continuation of the current budget freeze that avoided a government shutdown. In addition to funding all government activities for another 6 weeks, the budget agreement raised by nearly a half-trillion dollars the amount of money that Congress could spend. The money applies both to the 2018 fiscal year, which began 5 months ago, and the 2019 fiscal year, which begins 1 October. And Congress will devote the next month to allocating the additional cash.

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However, the previous caps, set in a 2011 law, were binding on the president. So his 2019 budget request, developed over months and locked into place weeks before last week’s events, took a huge bite out of domestic spending—including most research activities—in order to boost military spending.

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Legislators had already disregarded much of the president’s 2018 budget request in drawing up its spending plans. And the White House...
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