Frank Wolf’s Vendetta Slashes White House Science Budget

The 2012 budget of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has been slashed by 30 percent to $4.5 million because Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) was enraged that OSTP head John Holdren held a meeting with the Chinese science and technology minister and other officials. Wolf had inserted a provision in the 2011 budget blocking OSTP from spending money “to develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company.” Wolf’s provision is included in the new budget as well. “Do we want to coordinate research with the [People’s Liberation Army]?” Wolf spokesman Dan Scandling told E&E News (subscription only).

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