Last summer, U.S. congressional leaders and the White House agreed to raise federal spending over the next 2 years by $125 billion above projected levels, removing the threat of large cuts to research agencies that President Donald Trump had proposed in his 2020 budget request. But those agencies didn’t learn precisely how much money they would get until late last month, when Trump signed a $1.37 trillion spending bill for the 2020 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. In the short term, the news is good. However, the 2020 totals for research may be a high-water mark for Trump’s 4-year term.
↵* With reporting by Adrian Cho, David Grimm, Jocelyn Kaiser, and Meredith Wadman.
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