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House Eliminates Polical Science Program Funding at NSF

The House of Representatives continued work on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill yesterday.

Late last night the House voted 218-208 (5 Dems voted yes; 26 Repubs voted no) to prohibit NSF from spending appropriated funds on the political science program.   The debate was lackluster.  Representative Flake (R-AZ) made fun of some grants, claimed Harvard and Yale political science departments didn’t need federal funds since they had huge endowments, and talked about the need to reduce the debt.   Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-SC), who spent most of the day trying to refute most of the Republican amendments, responded with some of the material that COSSA and NSF sent up.

Other amendments voted by the House last night included

  • H AMDT .1058 from Rep. Flake  (R-AZ) – To reduce funding by $1.2 billion to the Research and Related Activities account of NSF.  The amendment failed 121 – 291. 121 Republicans voted for the amendment.  179 Democrats voted against along with 112 Republicans.
  • H AMDT .1088 from Rep. Cravaack (R-MN) – To prohibit funds to be used to carry out the activities of the Climate Change Education Program at NSF.  The amendment passed 238 – 188. 230 Republicans voted for the amendment along with 8 Democrats.  178 Democrats voted against along with 10 Republicans.

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