Democratic plan for 2007 would increase maximum Pell Grant by $260 and provide $620 million in new funds for biomedical research.
White House proposes increasing maximum award to $4,600 in 2008 -- but may seek to finance rise with cuts to other student programs.
Administration's spending blueprint would increase Pell Grants -- by cutting lender profits and other aid programs.
President continues to push for increased spending for NSF and Energy Dept. research, shortchanging NIH, science advocates complain.
Stung by criticism, Education Department officials strongly defend Pell Grant plan and challenge data colleges have used to attack it.
Lender's chairman sold 400,000 shares days before U.S. budget plan sent the price plummeting. Lawmakers ask what happened.
House hearing on president's 2008 plan renews concerns about shift of funds from National Science Foundation to Education Department.
Watchdog group says this year's dip in Congressional earmarks, a controversial funding source for research initiatives, was a fluke.
With Democratic leadership in place, House lawmakers suggest agency that funds humanities grants could see a boost in '08.
Tribal colleges, facing cut in federal aid, oppose Congressional effort to give grants to "Native American serving" institutions.
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