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The US House of Representatives panel that oversees funding for several science agencies says the National Science Foundation will receive no budget increase in 2012, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The appropriations subcommittee will vote Friday on a $50 billion spending bill that, if approved, would erase the $900 million budget increase that President Barack Obama suggested for NSF, leaving the agency at its current level of $6.86 billion, Mervis says.

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