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THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC PLAN:
STRENGTHENING OUR COMMITMENT TO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The President proposes to significantly improve the Nation's
global economic competitiveness through a balanced mix of basic
research, applied research, and technology development, much of it
through cooperative projects with private industry. Republicans would
significantly reduce investments in basic research, applied research,
and technology development.
The President proposes to add $2.5 billion a year by 2002 for
biomedical and behavioral research at the National Institute for
The House would cut biomedical and behavioral research at NIH
by $542 million.
The President proposes that the National Science Foundation's
investments in basic research and education programs keep pace with
inflation, adding $500 million a year by 2002.
Republicans would invest significantly less, with the Senate
cutting $100 million and the House adding $240 million.
The President would provide $100 million more a year by 2002 for
the science facilities utilization initiative, ensuring more research
time for scientists working on "cutting edge" research facilities.
Republicans would force many of these valuable facilities to
close their doors.
The President proposes to add at least $500 million a year by 2002
for NASA's investments in basic research, including Mission to Planet
Earth, which will provide the first global study of the impact of man
on the Earth's environment.
Republicans would cut these important research programs
The President is proposing to increase the Advanced Technology
Program (ATP) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) by
almost $500 million a year by 2002. ATP invests in partnerships with
industry to accelerate the development of high-risk technologies with
significant commercial potential. The MEP is a nationwide, locally
managed network of manufacturing centers to help the nation's 381,000
small manufacturers adopt modern manufacturing technologies.
Republicans would eliminate both programs.
The President is proposing to increase funding by $100 million
from 1996-2002 for the Defense Department's DOD Technology
Reinvestment Project (TRP), which invests in partnerships with
industry to accelerate the development of technologies that are
critical to national security but can also benefit civilian purposes
(i.e., dual use).
The House would eliminate it in the draft 1996 authorization