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Reports indicate that the President’s budget request for FY 2016, due on February 2, will seek to overturn most of the spending constraints scheduled for next year under the Budget Control Act. The Administration may propose to raise the discretionary spending caps by up to $68 billion, or seven percent, above their current post-sequestration levels, split between defense and civilian spending. Such an increase would eliminate three-quarters of the required reductions under the post-sequestration spending caps and would obviously free up additional funding for the science agencies that fund geography. The President’s proposal, however, faces long odds in the new Congress.


Source: AAAS Policy Alert, permission granted by AAAS