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Senate science appropriations: better than the pres, but not the House

The CRA’s Policy Blog has coverage today about the first indications of how science would fare in the 2008 budget if the Senate was king of the world.

Since you need to know this, I will now quote to the point of re-blogging and hope Peter forgives me:

NSF received a total appropriation of $6.6 billion from the subcommittee — about $200 million more than the President’s request, $100 million more than the House subcommittee allocation, and about $700 million more than the agency received in FY 07.

NIST received $712 million, $71 million more than the President’s request and $33 million more than FY07 but $66 million less than the House subcommittee allocation. We don’t know how much of that increase goes to the NIST core research budget, however.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science received $4.497 billion, almost $100 million above the President’s request and $700 million over FY07 but $17 million less than the House allocation.

Overall, science fares better in the Senate than with the President (I’ll resist the urge to make the obvious — but let’s be honest, hysterical — joke here), but not as well as it has in the House.

Still a long way to go before the President signs, or not, on the dotted line.

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