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Stimulated package

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitFeb 8, 2009 4:10 PM


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Good news! It looks like a lot of the science stimulus funding will stay in the economic package! Here's the breakdown:


So the package means NASA and the NSF each get over a billion dollars in additional funding, though apparently the Department of Energy office of science did not get any additional funding, which is a bummer (DOE did get $1B for energy efficiency research). NASA gets $500M for Shuttle replacement work, which is very badly needed, and $300M to go toward science (yay!). NSF gets a cool billion for research, which means lots and lots of scientists will be able to further our knowledge and make the world a better place. This bill will go up for vote on Monday. It may still get voted down, though I doubt it; lots of compromises were made (too many, perhaps), so IMO a filibuster is unlikely. With people hurting as much as they are right now, and a clear mandate for change that's swept the nation, anyone who looks obstructionist at this point is risking political suicide. We'll see how this plays out on Monday.

Science $300,000,000

Aeronautics $250,000,000

Shuttle Replacement $500,000,000

Cross-Agency Support (Construction) $250,000,000

Office of the Inspector General $2,000,000

Total = $1,302,000,000

National Science Foundation

Research and related activities $1,000,000,000

Major equipment and facilities construction $150,000,000

Education and human resources $50,000,000

Office of the Inspector General $2,000,000

Total = $1,202,000,000

Tip o' the majority whip to ScienceDebate2008.

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