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Senate Approves Increasing Funds for Scientific Research

WASHINGTON, April 6 - The US Senate on Friday passed a budget resolution that would give science $1.44 billion more than President George W. Bush proposed in his 2002 budget, indicating strong bipartisan support for a larger spending package for the sciences.

The resolution provides an increase of $674 million for the National Science Foundation, representing a 15.3 percent over the NSF’s 2001 budget. The resolution also calls for an added $469 million to the Department of Energy’s science office and an additional $518 million for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration over 2001 levels.

The House of Representative’s budget resolution, which recently passed, did not call for changing the science budget proposed by the president.

The House and Senate budget resolutions serve as the starting point for the appropriations bills that will be voted on in the fall.

Even now that the resolutions have passed, congresspeople may still submit recommendations for bigger increases to the budget.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced a bill on Wednesday to double the NSF budget over its 2001 level within five years, with 15 percent increases every year through 2005.