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News Notes
Science Policy
Budget battles

For the first time in 13 years, Congress has cut the budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF), decreasing the federal agency’s operating budget by 1.9 percent from 2004 levels. Funded at $5.47 billion, NSF received $105 million less than it did last year, and $232 million less than the fiscal year 2005 request, despite the president’s recommendation for a 3 percent increase. The budget results for other federal agencies and departments were mixed.

For more information on the 2005 budget as well as Web coverage of the president’s proposed 2006 budget for science, which comes out on Feb. 7, visit


"Science on a budget," Geotimes Web Extra, Dec. 29, 2004

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