Volume 93 Issue 3 | pp. 9-13
Issue Date: January 19, 2015

Cover Story

Congressional Outlook 2015

With Republicans at the helm, lawmakers prepare to act on chemical- and chemistry-related issues including federal research funding, labels for genetically modified foods, a tax credit for corporate research, and pesticides linked to decline of bees.
Department: Government & Policy

Budget battles are likely to loom large over Congress in 2015, and their outcome could become a bellwether for federal funding of basic research.

A spending increase could signal a change in funding fortunes in an area where increases have not kept up with inflation. There is reason for optimism, observers say, given historical bipartisan support for research.

But there are some major challenges too. The 2016 fiscal year, which begins in October 2015, will . . .

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