H.R. 3293: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act


Jul 29, 2015


Passed House on Feb 10, 2016

This bill passed in the House on February 10, 2016 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


Lamar Smith

Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district



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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016
Length: 4 pages


15% chance of being enacted (details)

About the bill

Full Title

To provide for greater accountability in Federal funding for scientific research, to promote the progress of science in the United States that serves that national interest.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.


The House passed a bill, originally filed in the House Science Committee, that many critics contend is anti-science.

H.R. 3293, the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, would require that each National Science Foundation grant “serve the national interest.” Such interests would include improving the economy or supporting national defense, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Jul 29, 2015

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Oct 8, 2015
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Feb 10, 2016
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

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