On Tuesday, President Obama finalized reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act by signing it into law. The move completes a laborious process that saw the bill hung up in the House of Representatives over several notorious amendments, pushed back by procedural delays in the Senate, and finally approved by the 111th Congress as one of its final acts before recessing for good.
Proponents point to COMPETES, first passed in 2007 as a response to the National Academies’ harrowing Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, as a key driver of innovation and economic development. However, some in the scientific community are worried that the goals enumerated in the law are toothless in the absence of matching appropriations, especially given the appetite of the new Republican majority in the House for reducing federal spending.
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