Budget Statement by Dr. Neal Lane (fwd)

Fri Apr 26 16:53:26 CDT 1996

I thought others might be interested to know where NSF stands in terms
of the recent FY'96 budget compromise. The following is a release from
the director of NSF.

Tony Glenn

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                                         For immediate release: Contact:
Mary Hanson April 25, 1996
        (703) 306-1070 Statement by

                          DR. NEAL LANE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL SCIENCE

                   On 1996 Budget Agreement

I am immensely relieved and pleased that Congress has agreed upon a
final budget for Fiscal Year 1996, with total NSF funding of $3.22
billion -- including an additional $40 million above the level
previously agreed to by House and Senate conferees -- and am grateful to
Congress for its support of NSF. We can now put behind us the
distractions and confusion of shutdowns and continuing resolutions, and
get on with the business of investing in the nation s future.

This budget is good for NSF, good for science and engineering, and good
for the nation, as research and education spur economic growth and
create opportunity for all Americans.

With agreement on the FY96 budget, we can now focus on the next budget
challenge: securing adoption of NSF s FY97 budget request. This may
prove to be even more difficult. For example, the House Science
Committee just yesterday approved authorizing language that would reduce
the President s FY97 request for NSF by $75 million, with potentially
damaging cuts to NSF s research programs and operating resources.

While today s news is positive, the long-term funding outlook for
science and engineering remains questionable. We must continue to
demonstrate, to Congress and to the American people, that a strong
investment in science is a must if the U.S. hopes to remain a world
leader in science and engineering.


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Tony Glenn
Dept. of Plant Pathology         or  USDA, ARS, TMRU
Miller Plant Sciences Building       Russell Res. Center
Univ. of Georgia                     950 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA  30602                    Athens, GA  30604
aglenn at uga.cc.uga.edu                (706)546-3195; FAX: -3116

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