Through the System

Science funding bills for fiscal year 2014 are wending their way through Congress, but the funding levels are typically lower in the House of Representative versions of the bills than in the Senate ones, the American Association for the Advancement of Science notes. For example, it says that there is a $400 million difference in funding for the National Science Foundation between the Senate and House versions of the Commerce, Justice, and Science bill.

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