A measure to renew the America COMPETES Act — which "set Congress on a path to double the budgets of the National Science Foundation and other federal physical sciences agencies" — was returned to the House of Representatives science committee amid concerns that "that the bill would create too many new programs and authorize far too much federal spending," according to Inside Higher Ed.

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