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Science policy weekly roundup: April 5, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: April 5, 2019

U.S. House committee releases budget deal to raise federal spending caps The U.S. House budget committee introduced a bill to increase federal spending caps by $51 billion for fiscal year 2020. Funding for both nondefense and defense programs would be increased. However, the Senate budget committee’s proposal would keep FY20 funding levels below the spending caps, which would result in a 10% cut across all federal programs. Read more here. National Academy of Sciences to vote to eject sexual harassers from…

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Looking ahead: Is sequestration here to stay? ?>

Looking ahead: Is sequestration here to stay?

In 2011, the Budget Control Act established caps for discretionary spending by the federal government through 2021. This codified the maximum amount the government could spend on the discretionary portion of the budget, which includes programs such as science funding, defense, and infrastructure. Further, if federal spending exceeds that year’s BCA-established cap, then sequestration, or across-the-board spending cuts, would be used to bring the budget under the cap. In March 2013, Congress agreed to spending levels that were above the…

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