Outlook for fiscal year 1996: Clinton sends strong science budget to Hill


  • Julie Wakefield


With an overall request of $72.9 billion—a 0.2% increase in current dollars—for research and development, the message from the White House on science funding was upbeat. Although the president's budget means a 3% decrease in real dollars for research and development, spending for basic research would rise 3.5%. Support for academic research would increase by 7%. Some science programs, however, were among the 131 programs the president terminated and the 86 programs that he reduced in keeping with the theme of a leaner government. Only time will tell how hard the budget ax of the Republican's Contract with America will hit the Earth and space sciences. Here are some geoscience highlights: