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Senate Passes Measure To Trim National Science Foundation Funding

A measure limiting National Science Foundation funding for political science research projects passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, quietly dealing a blow to the government agency.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) submitted a series of amendments to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, the Senate bill to keep the government running past March 27. One of those amendments would prohibit the NSF from funding political science research unless a project is certified as "promoting national security or the
economic interests of the United States."

"Studies of presidential executive power and Americans' attitudes toward the Senate filibuster hold little promise to save an American's life from a threatening condition or to advance America's competitiveness in the world," Coburn wrote in a letter to NSF director Subra Suresh last week explaining his proposal.

Source: Huffington Post. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    "Studies of presidential executive power and Americans' attitudes toward the Senate filibuster hold little promise to save an American's life..."

    And there's entirely too great an incentive for the results to be influenced by the politics of the grant agency.
    This is the last bit of "science" the gov't should be funding.

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