The President’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 will likely include an increase for non-defense discretionary spending. This is the pot of money from which research and science education programs are funded.

According to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan, “it’s absolutely critical on the non-defense side that we continue to make progress against sequestration, to relieve sequestration, to invest, whether it’s in infrastructure, in research and development, early childhood education, training.”

Sequestration is a federal policy that requires $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over a decade. Congress reached a deal in December 2013 to modestly reduce the amounts of sequestration in fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

 


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