At the moment, all that stands in the way of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (that’s long for the America Competes Act) is the President’s signature. Passing by a wide margin in the House and then sailing through the senate, the 18 month long legislative effort appears to be on the verge of becoming the next big step in American science & technology competitiveness. According to Titles V and VII of the Bill (H.R. 2272 for those hardcore legislative watchdogs), DoE and NSF are to be allocated more than $30 billion, combined, between 2008-2010. It’ll be interesting to see if the America Competes Act affects the outcome of the Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act (H.R. 363) passed by the House in April. If you want to know how the funds for all the agencies are to be appropriated (at least at present), you probably should read the enrolled Bill (the one passed by both the House and Senate), since there are four other versions of it. Kudos to the Tech Policy Summit and News.com for their info.
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