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The New Federal Budget Has A Bunch Of New Money For Science Research

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The New Federal Budget Has A Bunch Of New Money For Science Research
President Donald Trump recently signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending package that bolstered the budgets of federal science agencies.
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Scientific research is one of the big winners in the $1.3 trillion spending package President Donald Trump just signed.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science estimates that federally-funded research and development will increase 12.8 percent to almost $177 billion — the largest such increase since the economic stimulus bill in 2009.

The budget bill includes an extra $1.1 billion for NASA, preserving the agency's Earth science programs. And the National Institutes of Health is getting around $3 billion more than it had in 2017. That includes a $500 million boost for opioids abuse research and $414 million for Alzheimer's research.

This is a far cry from the steep science budget cuts the Trump administration previously called for. But lawmakers agreed to hike domestic spending and ignore Trump's proposed cuts in exchange for a boost to military spending.