On April 17, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing examine the proposed fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget for science agencies. At the hearing, the committee split along party lines over the budget request for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, an initiative that studies climate change, desertification, forests, ocean acidification, and soils. President Obama’s proposed budget requests $2.7 billion in funding for the program, with money coming from 13 different federal departments and agencies. Republicans criticized the spending, saying it took money from agencies unrelated to climate, while Democrats said the spending was crucial to fighting climate change. The research program is part of the total $69.6 billion in budget requests the committee will be examining; the subcommittees will consider the budgets for the agencies under their jurisdiction at hearings in the upcoming weeks.