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President Bush unveiled his FY 2002 budget proposal on April 9, 2001, and the unfavorable treatment of federal research and development programs is alarming. The Administration's plans to cut taxes, increase Medicare spending, and pay down the national debt leaves little new money for discretionary spending. Moreover, within the overall R&D budget, medical and defense research are slated for disproportionate increases, so most other federal R&D agencies face the prospect of declines in funding across their programs. The Congress has reacted strongly to the Administration's plans to reduce science budgets with a variety of letters, reports, and other actions. Legislators will have the opportunity to redress the situation during the annual appropriations process.
Budget Request Documents
- FY 2002 Federal Budget
- National Science Foundation
- NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering
- Department of Energy (.pdf)
- NASA (.pdf)
- National Institutes of Health (.pdf)
Congressional Response to the Budget Request
- Staff Analysis Finds Uneven Support for Federal R&D Programs in President's Budget, House Science Committee Democrats news release, April 10, 2001
- Senate Accepts Amendment to Boost Science Funding in FY2002, news release from Senator Pete V. Domenici, April 5, 2001
- Views and Estimates of the House Science Committee (.pdf), March 21, 2002
Independent Analyses of the Budget Request
- CRA Analysis of R&D in the FY 2002 Budget Request
- AAAS Analysis of R&D in the FY 2002 Budget
- Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America slides, "The case for Increasing Federal R&D Spending in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics" (PDF)
The Budget Process
- The Federal Budget Process: Timeline and Definitions
- Senate Appropriations Committee FAQ on budget legislation, etc.
- House Appropriations Committee tutorial on Discretionary Spending and the Federal Budget
- House Budget Committee FAQs on debt, deficits, and the budget process
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