President calls for bipartisan support for research and development.

In the wake of Tuesday’s election results that saw Republicans reclaim leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, President Obama sought to assure scientists that he remains committed to supporting their cause.  “I don’t think we should be cutting back on research and development,” said the president.

Framing his remarks in terms of the struggling economy, Obama signaled his hope that continued investment in science could help financial recovery efforts, citing as an example the development of clean energy technology, which he said he felt would “make all the difference in terms of job creation.”  He also emphasized his support for extending tax credits for companies involved in research and development.

The president’s remarks come as some are predicting difficult fiscal times for science funding.  House Republicans have threatened to cut overall spending levels to those seen in 2008, which would result in losses of 9 percent for the National Institutes of Health and 19 percent for the National Science Foundation.

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