If the so-called “super committee” tasked with developing a plan that Congress can use to slash the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade is unable to complete its task on time, the results could be dire for the research community, according to Rep. Norm Dicks, D-WA, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.
The super committee has about one month to deliver the plan to Congress. If it is unable to reach agreement on the proposal then automatic funding cuts of 7.8 per cent will be triggered for discretionary appropriations to non-defence programmes in fiscal year (FY) 2013. This would result in a $39 billion cut to these areas, taking effect in January 2013.