The Senate passed a package of three spending bills on 1 November 2011. The legislation (HR 2112) would cut funding for the National Science Foundation by $162 million. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive a slight boost in funding, as would the competitive extramural research grants program at the Department of Agriculture. Since the funding levels included in the bill differ from House-passed spending plans, the two chambers are currently working on a compromise package.
A new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlights the economic value of the agency’s fisheries program. The program contributes an estimated $3.6 billion to the nation’s economy and support 68,000 jobs nationally. This represents a $28 return on each dollar spent on the fisheries program. Read the report at http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/.
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