Scientists Wait for Congress to Allocate Funds Under New Budget Agreement

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By: David Malakoff & Jeffery Mervis

Last night’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a 2-year budget agreement brings the country one step closer to a temporary end of the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. That’s a victory for U.S. researchers who say the universally scorned cuts have undermined U.S. leadership in science.

But even if the Senate, as expected, approves the agreement next week, the scientific community will still be a long way from achieving its long-term goal of sustained growth in federal research spending. And it could be a month before scientists learn the extent to which federal research agencies will benefit from the deal. 

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