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President Obama releases FY15 budget request to Congress; many federal funding research agencies face flat spending
The budget and appropriations process for the fiscal year beginning on October 1 officially kicked off last Tuesday, March 4 when President Obama released a $3.901 trillion budget request to Congress. Under the "base budget" scenario in the request, a number of federal funding research agencies would have essentially flat spending. Perhaps most notably NIH's institutes and centers will be flat-funded in 2015 with a few select programs receiving boosts. While Congress will now ponder the proposal and are unlikely to accept many of the White House's suggestions, the budget does offer insight into the White House's research priorities. Final spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year go into negotiation on 1 October.
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