Science Insider – Fusion Wins Big in House Spending Bill

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Science Insider – Fusion Wins Big in House Spending Bill

By David Malakoff | 25 April 2012 – 6:09 PM

Fusion research would get a major boost in a Department of Energy (DOE) spending bill approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. The panel rejected an Obama Administration proposal to cut funding for domestic fusion research in the 2013 fiscal year, which begins 1 October. It would also give more money than requested to an international collaboration building the ITER fusion reactor in France.

Fusion’s gains, however, mean losses for DOE’s environmental and basic energy research programs.

Overall, the panel would provide DOE with $26.3 billion, about $365 million below its 2012 budget, and $1.76 billion below the Administration’s request. DOE’s Office of Science would get $4.824 billion, about $72.2 million less than its 2012 level and $190.6 million below the request.

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