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Fiscal Year 2011 and Fiscal Year 2012
In the last edition of the Dispatch, we reported that Congress was working on a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through April 8th. The CR (P.L. 112-6), which Congress passed in the middle of March, contained funding reductions acceptable to both political parties. With neither side willing to compromise further, the stage was set for a potential government shutdown over the final Fiscal Year 2011 budget. A last minute agreement between the White House and the House Republican leadership, struck on the night of April 8th, averted the shutdown and restored most of the draconian science cuts contained in the original House bill. The agreement (Public Law 112-10) settled federal spending for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. A summary of the science appropriations follows, with percentage increases or decreases shown relative to FY 2010.
APS Washington Office’s Blog
Check Physics Frontline, the Washington Office’s Blog, for the latest news on the FY12 Budgets.
POPA Study Suggestions
If you have suggestions for a POPA study, please send in your ideas.
Suggest Future POPA Studies
The New York Times, UPI and TechnewsDaily are among the many media organizations that recently published stories on the newly released POPA assessment, Direct Air Capture of CO2 with Chemicals. The assessment, released May 10th, concluded that Direct Air Capture would play a very limited role in a coherent CO2 mitigation strategy for many decades.
In other media news, The Republic in Lead, S.D., published a story on May 9th about the importance of funding DUSEL–the proposed deep underground science and engineering lab. The piece pointed out that if the US wants to remain competitive in a global economy, it must make scientific research a priority.
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