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John Holdren, director of the Obama administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy, recently testified in front of Congress on the science budget, says The Intersection's Chris Mooney. Holdren told Congress that while the Obama administration is committed to reducing the budget and the deficit, it is also dedicated to "prim[ing] the pump of discovery and innovation" by proposing increased investments in research and STEM education.

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