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During the spring and summer, the House of Representatives has been racing toward completion of the Fiscal Year 1996 (FY96) federal budget. As political momentum moves toward a balanced budget, spending cuts have become inevitable, and as shown in the accompanying box, the budget process is complex. Currently, two bills affecting funding for geosciences have been finalized by the House, and two—covering NASA and NSF, and NOAA—were being considered late last week.