• On 21 December 2010, the House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (HR 5116), thereby paving the way for the bill to be signed into law by President Obama. The bill was presented to the President last week, and he is expected to sign it soon. The legislation would increase funding authorizations for the National Science Foundation and other science agencies over the next three years, as well as address science education and research policy.

  • Before adjourning for the remainder of the 111th Congress, the nation's legislative body pushed back the deadline for finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2011 funding to 4 March 2011. This is the fourth Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress since the start of FY 2011 at the beginning of October. In general, the CR maintains last year's level of funding for most government programs.


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