Julie Palakovich Carr

Legislation that would create a 2-year roadmap for basic research and science education is progressing through Congress, to the dismay of most of the research community. Hailed by supporters as a plan to advance innovation while cutting wasteful spending and denounced by opponents as political meddling in research, HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, has embedded science in populist politics.

"Legislation that is supposed to maintain the nation's leadership on science and energy research is now being reauthorized in a manner that actively undermines our ability to do just that," wrote Andrew A. Rosenberg and Michelle Robinson of the Union of Concerned Scientists in a letter to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

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