America Competes Act

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The America COMPETES Act (H.R.2272) (or America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Sciencea Act), is also known as the Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act, is a large funding bill which would authorize a variety of federal science, technology and research programs, as well as fund state education grants.


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The bill would authorize a variety of federal science, technology and research programs, as well as fund state education grants. Included in the bill is $150 million in grants for K-12 science, technology, mathematics and engineering programs and nearly $300 million in grants to establish masters and bachelors degree programs for training math and science teachers.[1]


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Current status

The bill was introduced on May 10, 2007 in the House by Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.). On August 2, the bill passed the House in a vote of 367-57 (Roll Call #802).[2] It passed the Senate in a voice vote later that day, and was sent to the White House for approval. It was signed into law by President Bush.[3]


House action


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Scored vote

Scorecard: FreedomWorks 2007 House Votes

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"This bill contains $43 billion in new funding over the next 3 years for at least 40 new federal programs. The scope of the funding for the bill after it emerged from conference dramatically inflated from the original House bill, which called for only $23 billion in funding for 20 new programs. It not only represents the reckless spending that has come to characterize Congress, but also is a drastic and irresponsible expansion of the size of government. “Nay” votes scored."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.freedomworks.org/keyvotes/2007_house.php?state=0&submit=Go)

Scored vote

Scorecard: Information Technology Industry Council 2007-2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Legislation that provides for investment in innovation through research and development, and aims to improve the competitiveness of the United States."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.itic.org/clientuploads/scorecards/13307_ITI_VoteGuide_FINAL.pdf)

Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"By a 367-57 vote, the House passed H.R. 2272, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act. The Chamber strongly supported this legislation, which emphasizes more funding for math and science education and science focused research and development, allowing the United States to remain competitive. The legislation lays the foundation for significantly increased federal investment for math and science research and education by authorizing funding for numerous programs such as the National Science Foundation; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; the Technology Innovation Program; and a new cutting-edge energy research agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy. If America is to remain competitive in the global, knowledge-based economy, it needs to restore excellence in math and science education and research. The COMPETES Act, which was signed into law on August 9, will do much to bolster these efforts."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_house.htm

Senate action

The Senate had considered similar bill, S. 761 (S. 761) which was also titled the "America COMPETES Act." The Senate passed that bill on April 25, 2007, and then incorporated this measure into H.R. 2272 as an amendment on July 19, 2007.[4]


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Information Technology Industry Council 2007-2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Legislation that provides for investment in innovation through research and development, and aims to improve the competitiveness of the United States."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.itic.org/clientuploads/scorecards/13307_ITI_VoteGuide_FINAL.pdf)

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Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote to kill a DeMint amendment to exempt smaller businesses from having to comply withSection 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The pro-growth vote was "nay" because the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations stifle economic growth and are overly burdensome on businesses. Passed 62-35."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: American Conservative Union 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"The Senate killed an amendment allowing small businesses to opt out of the most burdensome reporting provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act regulating reporting of publicly-traded companies on the stock exchange. ACU favors this exemption, but the Senate defeated it April 24, 2007, by a vote of 62-35."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.acuratings.org/)


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Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote to kill a Coburn amendment that would express the sense of the Senate that Congress has a moral obligation to offset the cost of new government spending in order to reduce deficit spending and the national debt. The pro-growth vote was "nay" because the resolution would have encouraged fiscal responsibility. Passed 54-43."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)

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Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote on the Coburn amendment that would discontinue the Advanced Technology Program. The pro-growth vote was "yea" because this program is nothing more than corporate welfare. Instead, the money should be left in the private sector where it can be more effectively allocated. Failed 39-57."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)


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See also

References

  1. Anne Broache, "House OKs billions of dollars for federal science, tech projects," CNet, August 3, 2007.
  2. "OpenCongress page on H.R.2772," Open Congress.
  3. Anne Broache, "House OKs billions of dollars for federal science, tech projects," CNet, August 3, 2007.
  4. S. 761, THOMAS

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