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>From Bonnie Blackwell

                         Statement by

                          DR. NEAL LANE

                   On 1996 Budget Agreement

I am immensely relieved and pleased that Congress has agreed
upon a final budget for Fiscal Year 1996, with total NSF
funding of $3.22 billion -- including an additional $40 million
above the level previously agreed to by House and Senate
conferees -- and am grateful to Congress for its support of
NSF.  We can now put behind us the distractions and confusion
of shutdowns and continuing resolutions, and get on with the
business of investing in the nations future.

This budget is good for NSF, good for science and engineering,
and good for the nation, as research and education spur
economic growth and create opportunity for all Americans.

With agreement on the FY96 budget, we can now focus on the next
budget challenge:  securing adoption of NSFs FY97 budget
request.  This may prove to be even more difficult. For
example, the House Science Committee just yesterday approved
authorizing language that would reduce the Presidents FY97
request for NSF by $75 million, with potentially damaging cuts
to NSFs research programs and operating resources.

While todays news is positive, the long-term funding outlook
for science and engineering remains questionable.  We must
continue to demonstrate, to Congress and to the American
people, that a strong investment in science is a must if the
U.S. hopes to remain a world leader in science and engineering.


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1950, uniquely  charged with promoting the progress of  all
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steward  of  the nation's  science research base, NSF supports
both  research  and education  through competitive grants to
about 2,000 universities and  other  institutions.   NSF
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Bonnie A. Blackwell,                            bonn@qcvaxa.acc.qc.edu
Dept of Geology,                                off: (718) 997-3332
Queens College, City University of New York,    fax: (718) 997-3349
Dept of Earth \& Environmental Sciences,        fax: (718) 997-3513
The Graduate Center, CUNY,                      messages: (718) 997-3300
Flushing, NY 11367-1597