US Representative Bart Gordon (D–TN), who chairs the House Science and Technology Committee, mapped out his 2010 legislative agenda, according to ScienceInsider (However, as ScienceInsider says, Gordon has “a legislative batting average that would make a Little Leaguer blush.”) At the top of the agenda is reauthorizing the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which increased the research budgets at DOE, NIST, and NSF and created the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Gordon expects minor changes to the act. He also says that he doesn’t expect 2011 to hold the same funding increases as 2010. "You have to recognize the [current] economic reality," says Gordon. "Any type of significant increase will be a victory. ... I'd like to see it above inflation, as a minimum. But I think that 7 percent is the right number."
Science Agenda in the House
Jan 20, 2010