On 10 September, House leaders abruptly pulled a bill to create the position of Science Laureate of the United States, despite bipartisan support. The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on H.R. 1891 under suspension of the rules, which would have limited debate and prevented amendments to the measure.

News reports indicate that the American Conservative Union and Competitive Enterprise Institute expressed concern that the bill would not be debated on the House floor. In a letter to Republican Representatives, the American Conservative Union stated: “Although the bill seems innocuous, it will provide the opportunity for President Obama to make an appointment of someone (or more than one person) who will share his view that science should serve political ends on such issues as climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases.”

An aide to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee said that Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), a co-sponsor of the legislation, is “working to address members’ concerns.” The bill could be considered in committee this fall.

 


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