Budget

House Panel Backs Higher Ed Bill

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Colleges have mixed views on bipartisan legislation that wins unanimous approval; full House fails to override Bush veto of education/health spending bill.

Federal Budget Blahs

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Higher education's hopefulness for new influx of funds fades as Congress cedes to President Bush's wishes, passing spending bill that pulls many programs below 2007 levels.

Coping With the Crunch

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Facing unexpected budget shortfalls, federal physics labs across the country are cutting back operations and hoping for a break in the next funding cycle.

Bush on Earmarks: Tough Words, Little Meaning

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In last State of the Union, president takes two steps to limit lawmakers' pet projects for colleges and other recipients -- starting next year.

The Feds Giveth, and Taketh Away

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Bush's 2009 budget plan would lift maximum Pell Grant to $4,800, kill other aid programs -- and slash funds for minority-serving colleges that gained in last fall's budget measure.

'Unreal' Boost for Science?

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President Bush's proposed budget for basic research and development in the 2009 fiscal year seeks a record $147 billion, a 3 percent increase over 2008 that would elevate the physical sciences and engineering, in particular, while keeping funding for the National Institutes of Health flat and scaling back or cutting other domestic programs, including for financial aid.

Another Source for R

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Advocates for more federal spending on basic research discovered a pleasant surprise in the 2009 budget proposal: a boost from the Department of Defense.

Margaret Spellings' Last Stand

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She appeared for the final time before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to defend President Bush's final education budget. And as farewell receptions go, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings' wasn't particularly warm.

"I don't know what you guys are smoking over there," said Rep. Dennis Rehberg of Montana.

Clarion Call for More NIH Funding

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Six research universities and a teaching hospital warn of a "broken pipeline" for young researchers in the biomedical sciences.

Business as Usual on Earmarks

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All 3 remaining presidential candidates back a moratorium, but many colleges still view such directed spending as legitimate.

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