Second Attempt to Renew Science Spending Slashed | GenomeWeb

Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN)'s second attempt to renew the America COMPETES Act was crushed this week after it failed to win the supermajority requested in the case — despite the fact that the House members voted 261 to 148 in favor of it, according to Science Insider. "Although every Democrat supported the new version, it won the votes of only 15 Republicans.

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