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House Blocks Bill to Boost Research Spending

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Science  21 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5981, pp. 960-961
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5981.960-c

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Too much sex. Not enough money. That potent combination led the U.S. House of Representatives last week to reject legislation aimed at boosting research and education spending at three federal agencies. The 292-to-126 vote against the America COMPETES Act was fueled by concerns about the trillion-dollar federal deficit, a sentiment that could threaten the Administration's plans to double the research budgets of the three agencies over 10 years. But the lopsided defeat was also the result of a stealth attack by Republicans against a Democratic priority, using as a tool the National Science Foundation's handling of employees who trafficked in electronic pornography at work.