In the September 2007 issue of the journal BioScience, Robert Gropp reports on the latest national effort to invigorate U.S. competitiveness through science, technology, engineering and mathematics research and education. An excerpt from this Washington Watch article follows:

“Before leaving Washington, DC, for the August district work period, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing $43.3 billion for science and science education programs at various federal agencies, and President George W. Bush signed the act into law on 9 August. The passage of HR 2272, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (America COMPETES), marks the culmination of one and a half years of legislative wrangling in both chambers of Congress.”

“The stated purpose of the act is…”

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