NSF 2007 authorization act passes House

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As discussed on CRA’s Policy Blog yesterday and early this morning:

The National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 1867), which we’ve discussed previously, will be on the House floor today. The bill authorizes appropriations at the agency (which is not the same as actually funding the agency — only the appropriations committee can do that — but is still a necessary (and symbolic) step in getting funding for the agency) at the levels called for in the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative and the Democratic Innovation Agenda — a trajectory that would double the agency’s budget over the next seven years.

That bill passed the House very late last night.