New Stimulus Legislation Might Include Science Funding

November 29th, 2008

Posted by: admin

In a recent FYI issued by the American Institute of Physics, there is some hope that any additional stimulus bill will include some funding for science agencies.  The source of this optimism is a bill introduced in the Senate last week by Majority Leader Reid (D-Nevada) and outgoing Appropriations Committee Chair Byrd (D-West Virginia).  The bill, S. 3689 (which you can read through the THOMAS website), as currently written includes additional funding for NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey.  I am cautiously optimistic.  However, legislation that is signed into law may have little in common with the bill that is introduced, so there needs to be a fight for these resources to even hope they survive the legislative process.  If the science funding provisions do not survive this bill, the process would have to start over come January 3rd, with a different Appropriations Committee Chair, likely Senator Inouye of Hawaii.

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