ALG urges Congress to stop NSF funding of social science research

Aug. 20, 2019, Fairfax, Va.— Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the National Science Foundation budget as part of Americans for Limited Government’s program to identify and advocate for cutting wasteful federal spending:

“Under the previous administration, the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences funded a study of old fish bones in an abandoned town in Tanzania. To reduce such unnecessary spending in the future, Congress should eliminate funding for this soft-science NSF directorate. There are plenty of reasons to question the need for a government agency that funds civilian research, especially one that, in recent years, funded research into the ability of fish to run on a treadmill. Eliminating this wasteful NSF directorate would save taxpayers over $200 million a year.”

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