Congress Trims Money for Science Agency

“Congress has cut the budget for the National Science Foundation, an engine for research in science and technology, just two years after endorsing a plan to double the amount given to the agency.

[...] Representative Vernon J. Ehlers, Republican of Michigan, said the cut was “extremely short-sighted” and showed “dangerous disregard for our nation’s future.”

“I am astonished that we would make this decision at a time when other nations continue to surpass our students in math and science and consistently increase their funding of basic research,” said Mr. Ehlers, a former physics professor who is chairman of a technology subcommittee. “The National Science Foundation supports technological innovation that is crucial to the sustained economic prosperity that America has enjoyed for several decades [...]”

SOURCE: NY Times

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