From the State of the Union Address, January 28, 2008:
To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Last year, Congress passed legislation supporting the American Competitiveness Initiative, but never followed through with the funding. This funding is essential to keeping our scientific edge. So I ask Congress to double federal support for critical basic research in the physical sciences and ensure America remains the most dynamic nation on Earth.
Congress did not follow though, and that negatively affected many programs, including my experiment. I am happy that the President said this; let us now do what we can to ensure Congress follows though this time.