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Congressional Scorecard Sparks Furor

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Science  27 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5283, pp. 1793-1794
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5283.1793


A scorecard of lawmakers' votes on science-related issues, released last week by a group of distinguished scientists, has provoked a storm of criticism on Capitol Hill and among some science lobbyists. At issue is whether its conclusion—that Democrats are far more pro-science than are Republicans—might do more harm than good in building political support for the cause. Lobbyists are particularly upset that some legislators considered tobe staunch friends of science, including Representative John Porter (R-IL), chair of the spending panel that oversees NIH's budget, were given very low scores.