The National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration look like winners in the Bush administration's proposed U.S. federal budget for fiscal year 2004. However, NASA and several other science agencies fare more modestly. The overall $2.23-trillion budget proposal now goes to Congress.
The proposed FY04 budget, which relies on deficit spending, includes $122.7 billion for research and development, 6.7% increase over the administration's FY03 request. (As this issue of Eos went to press, Congress was still trying to reach agreement on the federal budget for FY03. This work had not been completed at the time Congress recessed for the Christmas holiday last year.)