Friday, 18 December 1987 Washington, DC
THE FY 88 BUDGET IS NEARING COMPLETION,
THE NSF BUDGET WAS REVISED SHARPLY DOWNWARD by the HUD-Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees on Wednesday. They agreed on a figure of $1.45B for research. That is a 3.3% increase, which is below cost-of-living and a far cry from the increase sought in the plan to double the NSF budget in 5 years (WN 6 Nov 87). Science education is doing better. It will be up about 41% to $139M.
NASA'S REQUEST FOR THE SPACE STATION WAS CUT ALMOST IN HALF by the same subcommittees. The figure agreed to is $425M, which effectively postpones the day of reckoning by one year. NASA has come up with a scaled down version of the station, but everyone except NASA still estimates the total cost at about $25B.
FUNDING FOR THE SSC appears to be headed for the House figure of $25M. That includes nothing for construction and is barely sufficient to keep the design team together.
. AN ASSESSMENT OF SCIENTIFIC EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS
the efficacy of interagency review of proposed agreements,
the consequences of foreign access to US research,
mandatory debriefing of US participants in exchanges, and
ways to enhance the benefits to the US of exchanges.
3. THE INFAMOUS McCARRAN-WALTER IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION
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