Budgets approved, but cuts loom



Conferees from the House and Senate have finished work on Fiscal Year (FY) 1990 appropriations for NSF and NASA by giving the agencies most of what they wanted, for now.

The conference report on Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies, passed in late October by both bodies, calls for a 10% increase for NSF and a 7.5% rise in NASA's budget. However, unless the Bush administration and Congress reach agreement on a new deficit-reduction plan, 5.3% mandatory cuts to each line item in all agency budgets will wipe out some of the gains.