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Obama’s budget proposal will maintain America’s edge, says Holdren

President Obama's science adviser John Holdren says the president's 2014 budget for science is the best possible outcome from a process that has seen many science agencies face cuts under sequestration.

Holdren, Obama’s science and technology adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), said of the proposal: “The president’s FY 2014 budget reflects the wise recognition that investing today in science, innovation, and STEM education is the best way to maintain America’s edge in the development of transformative technologies, the industries of future, and breakthrough solutions to national and global challenges.”

The president proposes $68.1 billion for the federal research portfolio, which comprises basic and applied research. This represents an increase of $4.8bn, or 7.5 per cent, compared with FY2012. The administration used FY2012 enacted levels as a baseline, because the FY2013 continuing appropriations were just recently completed.

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