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Unformatted text preview: more than many would have thought possible under the extraordinary fiscal challenges we
face."Holdren noted that federal dollars account for just 30 percent of all research-and-development funding
in the United States; private companies and, to a much lesser extent, nonprofit groups, fund the other 70
percent. That is why Obama is seeking to permanently extend a tax credit for business-funded research and
development, Holdren said. Wolf said he supports the permanent tax credit. The president's science initiatives
also include establishing a $90 million education research agency, ARPA-ED, that is modeled on the Defense
Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); a doubling of the Department of
Energy's "energy innovation" research facilities from three to six; and a boost of 20 percent, or $446 million,
for cross-agency "global change" research focused on climate and the environment. Wolf said he believes
climate-change research is important, but he noted "areas of overlap" across federal agencies particularly with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - that his
subcommittee is looking to cut. Holdren sought to head off criticism by touting cuts to "lower priority"
research programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency and
especially the Defense Department, which would receive $4 billion less for research in 2012 than it did in
2010. Predictably, scientific leaders lauded the extra funding that Obama's budget would send to national
laboratories and universities. "We need to be competitive in a world that is changing rapidly," said Martin
Apple, president of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents."The [president's] 2012 proposal does more
to get us back in the game than does" the Republican proposal. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Environmental Programs – Unpopular – GOP (2/2)
Republicans hate the plan – Undermines NASA’s true purpose and overlap
(“Reps Posey, Adams and Bishop Join Colleagues in Calling on House Leaders to Reprioritize NASA for Human
Space Flight Missions, Drop Climate Change”, February 8, 2011, http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?
pid=32693, accessed June 21, 2011, EJONES)
As House leaders examine ways to cut spending and address the ever growing budget deficits that have
plagued Washington for years, U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Sandy Adams (R-FL) and Rob
Bishop (R-UT) were joined by several other of their colleagues in calling for a reprioritization of NASA
so human space flight remains the primary focus of the nation's space agency as budget cuts are
considered. In their recent letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and
Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Posey, Adams and Bishop
state that while "moving forward under a constrained budget, it will be critical for...
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