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Political-Science Group Hires Lobbyists to Push Back on Limits to NSF Spending

The American Political Science Association has hired lobbyists who will seek to eliminate restrictions on the National Science Foundation’s spending on political-science research, Politico reported.

The limits were included as an amendment to a spending bill passed by Congress in March and later signed into law by President Obama.

The measure, which drew harsh criticism from the American Association of University Professors, restricts the NSF’s ability to approve grants for political-science research unless the agency can certify that the work promotes the United States’ national security or economic interests.

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