Congress Trims Money for Science Agency

By David
November 30, 2004

“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 […]”