By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has passed a $6.9 billion budget for the National Science Foundation for fiscal 2012 that would keep its total funding nearly equal to 2011 but would fall around $650 million short of President Barack Obama's proposed 2012 NSF budget.

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