From the LLSDC Listserv:
Restored EPA Budget Holds Hope for Libraries and Labs
On June 7, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $27.6 billion Interior-Environment spending bill that increases the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) FY 2008 budget to $8.1 billion, a $361 million increase over current spending.
It is also $887 million more than President Bush's budget request, which will likely trigger a veto threat. The appropriations bill currently allocates $788 million for core scientific research. This may be welcome news for EPA's network of libraries and laboratories, which have suffered from downsizing attempts in anticipation of significant 2008 budget cuts.
The budget restoration may allow EPA to abandon its controversial plans for closings and consolidations.