Dr. Neal Lane
Director, National Science Foundation
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.
For immediate release: April 25, 1996
Contact: Mary Hanson (703) 306-1070
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