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Winning at the pork barrel.

Winning at the pork barrel

After a political battle with the twists and turns of a soap opera, Congress has finally decided to order the Department of Defense (DOD) to provide $55.6 million for nine specific universities. The funds, which are to come out of the DOD research budget, will be used mainly for construction and purchasing equipment (SN:5/24/86, p. 325).

The final vote came late last month when the Senate agreed to accept a compromise version of a supplemental appropriations bill. The bill provides funds for nine university projects that less than a month before had been rejected by the Senate (SN:6/21/86, p. 395). But the House, in its version of the bill, had included funds for the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology and Northeastern University in Boston. During negotiations between the House and Senate, this provision provided an excuse for restoring funds for all of the projects. Missing, however, was funding for a new building at Arizona State University in Tempe. The vote indicates that Congress is likely to continue to rely on its own judgment rather than on peer review of proposals when awarding large grants to universities. Already, the House appropriations committee has approved a bill directing the Department of Energy to spend about $40 million on several new projects at designated universities.
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Title Annotation:Department of Defense research grants to 9 universities
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 12, 1986
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