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AGU testified again before Congress on May 17, during this critical time in the federal budget process. Terry Tullis of Brown University, a member of AGU's FY 1992 budget panel, summarized the highlights of the Union's position on the budgets of the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Tullis appeared before the Senate subcommittee on VA, HUD, and independent agencies, chaired by Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), as part of a hearing that sought testimony on the subcommittee's area from witnesses outside the government.

Tullis cited AGU's call for a major study of how the federal government funds re'search, a process that has not been reviewed for over 40 years. On the NSF budget, he said that while AGU generally supports NSF's allotment to the geosciences, it advocates increased funding for small hydrology grants and yearly reporting of the agency's hydrology budget.