No doubt we need the additional funding. Scientific research has driven this nation's economy for many decades and we've let scientific research funding erode. The America Competes Act called for such funding but the full money has never been allocated. These funds, particulary the $2 billion, will put science funding back on track.
But does such increased science funding fulfill the main mission of the stimulus package, to get us out of the current recession and get people jobs now? Less clear.
Nevertheless the CRA is calling on us to contact our representatives in congress to push for the full science funding in the House stimulus bill. If we don't get science funding now, it will be very difficult to add it in the traditional budget process as the US faces a huge budget deficit.