Good news for a change:
President George W. Bush signed a major science and technology bill this morning at a White House ceremony.
Just before it recessed last week, Congress passed the bill calling for multi-billion-dollar increases in federal support for science, math and technology funding over the next three years.
Among provisions, the bill authorizes (but does not appropriate funding for) doubling the budgets for National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the Department of Commerce National Institutes of Standards and Technology laboratories.
Additionally, the bill significantly expands NSF scholarships and math and science partnerships, as well as many other educational and research programs. It establishes an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy at DOE.
In a press conference this morning, Bush said the law includes many of the provisions he has requested, but added, “I will continue to focus my budget requests on key funding priorities.”
The actual funds are provided via appropriation bills to the individual departments and agencies.
The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science Act (COMPETES), is widely regarded as a landmark measure.
It must be the clever quasi-corporate acronym that closed the deal.