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Senate Panel Plans 2.4% Cut at National Science Foundation

After months of talk about cutting the federal budget, university scientists are getting another jolt of news on how bad it will be. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed a measure that would cut the budget of the National Science Foundation by $162-million, or 2.4 percent. House appropriators approved a version of the bill in July that would hold the NSF budget level, at $6.86-billion. That approval, however, occurred before the overall agreement by Congress to cut $2-trillion in total federal spending.

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