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Obama makes risky bid to increase science spending

from Scientific American

With less than a year before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama is making a strong push to increase spending on scientific research. His fiscal year 2017 budget plan, released on Feb. 9, calls for a 4 percent bump in research and development funding across the federal government. But science advocates and lawmakers alike say that they're unhappy with Obama's decision to boost science by relying on "mandatory" spending. Normally, research funding is "discretionary," meaning that Congress decides how much money each agency will receive. more


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