Battle looms over US science funding – science-in-society – 04 January 2011 – New Scientist
As Republicans take control of the US House of Representatives, science could take a hit – despite a new Congressional measure to boost funding.
“There’s going to be a big fight,” says Michael Lubell of the American Physical Society in Washington DC. “The question is who blinks first.”
In one of its last votes before the holidays, Congress passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. Contained in the act is a resolution to boost science funding over the next three years.
But with budget-minded Republicans now a majority in the House of Representatives, even maintaining science funding at existing levels could be a struggle.