Bush science budget slashes USGS funding



While the Bush Administration's proposed U.S. federal budget for fiscal year 2003 includes the largest-ever request for federal research and development funding—$111.8 billion; up 8% over the current fiscal year budget—not everybody in the Earth sciences community is cheering.

Much of the increase is slated for the National Institutes of Health, and research spending for many of the other federal science agencies “would remain anemic under this budget,” according to U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y), chair of the House of Representatives Science Committee. President Bush announced the FY2003 budget on 4 February.