H.R. 2272 - America COMPETES Act

National Science Foundation, NSF, innovation, science - Science policy. 110th Congress (2007-2008) View bill details
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Summary:
This bill authorizes several funds for education in science and mathematics, including appropriations for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has become law. 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED by voice vote on July 19, 2007.

America COMPETES Act

H.R. 2272 — 110th Congress (2007–2008)

Keywords
National Science Foundation, NSF, innovation, science
Summary
This bill authorizes several funds for education in science and mathematics, including appropriations for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (by CRS)
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Title
To invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States.
Other Titles
  • 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007
  • 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act
  • National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2007
  • Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act
  • Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act of 2007
  • 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007
  • 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act
  • National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2007
  • Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act
  • Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act of 2007
  • America COMPETES Act
  • America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act
  • American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
  • PACE-Energy Act
  • Protecting America's Competitive Edge Through Energy Act
  • America COMPETES Act
  • America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act
  • PACE-Energy Act
  • Protecting America's Competitive Edge Through Energy Act
Sponsor
Barton Gordon
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Science policy
  • Academic performance
  • Air pollution
  • Air pollution control
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Antarctic regions
  • Atmosphere
  • Auditing
  • Authorization
  • Awards, medals, prizes
  • Black colleges
  • Budgets
  • Business
  • Climate change
  • Coal
  • College teachers
  • Commemorations
  • Communication in science
  • Communications
  • Community and school
  • Computer networks
  • Computer security measures
  • Computers
  • Congress
  • Congressional investigations
  • Congressional reporting requirements
  • Consultants
  • Continuing education
  • Curricula
  • Data banks
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy
  • Depreciation and amortization
  • Disabled
  • Distance education
  • Economic impact statements
  • Economic policy
  • Education
  • Education of the disadvantaged
  • Educational accountability
  • Educational technology
  • Educational tests
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Elementary education
  • Energy research
  • Engineering
  • Engineers
  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental research
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Executive departments
  • Executive reorganization
  • Federal advisory bodies
  • Federal aid to education
  • Federal aid to research
  • Finance
  • Gifts
  • Government contractors
  • Government information
  • Government procurement
  • Government publicity
  • Graduate education
  • Great Lakes
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Higher education
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Industrial research
  • Industry-university relations
  • Intellectual property
  • International competitiveness
  • Inventions
  • Joint ventures
  • Labor
  • Laboratories
  • Language and languages
  • Law
  • Licenses
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Marine resources
  • Mathematics
  • Mentoring
  • Metric system
  • Minorities
  • Minority education
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Nuclear fuels
  • Oceanography
  • Paraprofessional school personnel
  • Patents
  • Performance measurement
  • Public contracts
  • Recruiting of employees
  • Research and development
  • Research and development facilities
  • Research centers
  • Research ethics
  • Research grants
  • Scholarships
  • Scientific education
  • Scientific instruments and apparatus
  • Scientists
  • Secondary education
  • Securities regulation
  • Service industries
  • Small business
  • Social services
  • Space activities
  • Special education
  • Standards
  • Sunset legislation
  • Supercomputers
  • Teacher education
  • Teacher supply and demand
  • Teaching
  • Teaching materials
  • Technical education
  • Technological innovations
  • Technology
  • Telecommunication
  • Time
  • Trade
  • User charges
  • Water resources
  • Welfare
  • Women
  • Women's education
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced5/10/2007
Referred to Committee
Passed House5/21/2007
Passed Senate7/19/2007
Signed by President8/09/2007
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.5/21/2007PASSED by voice vote
currently selectedSenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.7/19/2007PASSED by voice vote
select this voteHouseOn Motion to Instruct Conferees: H.R. 2272 21st Century Competitiveness Act7/31/2007This motion PASSED the House
258 voted YES 167 voted NO 7 voted present/not voting
select this voteHouseRecommit Conference Report with Instructions: H.R. 2272 21st Century Competitiveness Act8/02/2007This motion DID NOT PASS the House
199 voted YES 227 voted NO 6 voted present/not voting
select this voteHouseOn the Conference Report - House - H.R. 2272 21st Century Competitiveness Act8/02/2007This motion PASSED the House
367 voted YES 57 voted NO 9 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced5/10/2007
5/10/2007Referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology.
5/21/2007Mr. Wu moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
5/21/2007DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2272.
5/21/2007Considered under suspension of the rules.
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage5/21/2007On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Put on a legislative calendar5/22/2007Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 159.
7/19/2007Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
7/19/2007Senate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 761 amended.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage7/19/2007Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
7/19/2007Senate insists on its amendment, asks for a conference, appoints conferees Bingaman; Inouye; Kennedy; Lieberman; Mikulski; Kerry; Nelson FL; Domenici; Stevens; Enzi; Alexander; Ensign; Coleman.
7/19/2007See also S. 761.
7/20/2007Message on Senate action sent to the House.
7/31/2007Conference held.
7/31/2007Conferees agreed to file conference report.
7/31/2007Mr. Wu asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.
7/31/2007On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.
7/31/2007DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on Hall (TX) motion to instruct conferees. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House to insist on the lower overall authorization level as set forth by the House in H.R. 2272 and insist on the language of subsection (a) of Section 203 of the House bill, relating to prioritization of early career grants to science and engineering researchers for the expansion of domestic energy production and use through coal-to-liquids technology and advanced nuclear reprocessing.
7/31/2007Mr. Hall (TX) moved that the House instruct conferees.
7/31/2007POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - The Chair put the question on the Hall (TX) motion to instruct conferees and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hall (TX) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the Hall (TX) motion to instruct conferees until a time to be announced.
7/31/2007The previous question was ordered without objection.
7/31/2007The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Science and Technology for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Gordon, Lipinski, Baird, Wu, Lampson, Udall (CO), Giffords, McNerney, Hall (TX), Sensenbrenner, Ehlers, Biggert, Feeney, and Gingrey.
7/31/2007The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Education and Labor for consideration of Division C of the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Miller, George, Holt, and McKeon.
select this voteVote7/31/2007On Motion to Instruct Conferees: H.R. 2272 21st Century Competitiveness Act
8/01/2007Conference report H. Rept. 110-289 filed.
8/02/2007Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 602 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of the conference report to H.R. 2272 with 1 hour of general debate.
8/02/2007Conference papers: Senate report and manager's statement and message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
Presented to President8/02/2007Cleared for White House.
8/02/2007Rule H. Res. 602 passed House.
8/02/2007DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2272.
8/02/2007Mr. Gordon brought up conference report H. Rept. 110-289 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 602.
8/02/2007The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
8/02/2007Mr. Shimkus moved to recommit with instructions to the conference report.
8/02/2007The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions to conference report was ordered without objection.
8/02/2007Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
select this voteVote8/02/2007Recommit Conference Report with Instructions: H.R. 2272 21st Century Competitiveness Act
select this voteVote8/02/2007On the Conference Report - House - H.R. 2272 21st Century Competitiveness Act
8/03/2007Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Presented to President8/04/2007Presented to President.
Signed8/09/2007Signed by President.
Enacted8/09/2007Became Public Law No: 110-69.
5/06/2008Hearing Held by Full Committee Prior to Introduction and Referral (March 13, 2007).
9/08/2008Hearing Held by Subcommittee on Energy and Environment Prior to Introduction and Referral ( April 26, 2007)..
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

270 times as much
$1,564,143
$313,104
$6,783,077
$1,095,310
$1,322,456
$8,110,320
$19,188,410
$71,193
$71,193

opposed this bill

18 Organizations Supported and 1 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
America COMPETES Act: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

18 organizations supported this bill

American Association of University Women
(n.d.). Legislative Action Center. Retrieved n.d., from .
American Society of Civil Engineers
(n.d.). American Society of Civil Engineers; "Science Bill Moves in House"; 5-25-07. Retrieved n.d., from .
Association of American Universities
(n.d.). AAU and NASULGC Urge Swift Passage of The America COMPETES Act. Retrieved n.d., from .
Council of Graduate Schools
(n.d.). Statement on the Enactment of H.R. 2272, the “America COMPETES Act”. Retrieved n.d., from .
Electronic Industries Alliance
(n.d.). Letter to Senator Harry Reid. Retrieved n.d., from .
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(n.d.). Letter to Congress. Retrieved n.d., from .
Math For America
(n.d.). Math for America Applauds Creation of New NSF Teacher Fellowships Modeled on MfA's Program. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Association for College Admission Counseling
(n.d.). Current Legislation. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Association of Manufacturers
(n.d.). NAM Key Vote Letter on the Conference Report to H.R. 2272, the America COMPETES Act. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
(n.d.). AAU and NASULGC Urge Swift Passage of America COMPETES Act. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(n.d.). Letter to Congress. Retrieved n.d., from .
Optical Society Of America
(n.d.). Letter to Speaker Pelosi. Retrieved n.d., from .
Optoelectronics Industry Development Association
(n.d.). Congress Passes Landmark Science Bill. Retrieved n.d., from .
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
(n.d.). Capitol Commentary. Retrieved n.d., from .
Semiconductor Industry Association
(n.d.). President Bush Signs Landmark Legislation That Will Boost U.S. Economic Competitiveness. Retrieved n.d., from .
Society Of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers
(n.d.). Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers; "What Makes H.R. 2272 Significant?"; 5-07. Retrieved n.d., from .
Task Force On The Future Of American Innovation
(n.d.). Letter to Congress. Retrieved n.d., from .
Technology CEO Council
(n.d.). Technology CEO Council Applauds Congress for Passage of America COMPETES Act Conference Report . Retrieved n.d., from .

1 organization opposed this bill

FreedomWorks
(n.d.). Key Vote "NO" on H.R. 2272, the America COMPETES Act--Conference Report. Retrieved n.d., from .

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$31,816$0Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$128,432$0Yes
Alan Wayne AllardRCO$0$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$20,200$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$96,810$0Yes
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$143,014$1,000Yes
Bob BennettRUT$28,047$0Yes
Joe BidenDDE$80,425$0Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$43,524$0Yes
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$117,020$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$1,269,230$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$432,029$0Yes
Sam BrownbackRKS$20,700$0Yes
Jim BunningRKY$41,900$1,500Yes
Richard BurrRNC$120,151$0Yes
Robert ByrdDWV$43,300$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$415,246$0Yes
Ben CardinDMD$354,359$0Yes
Tom CarperDDE$28,881$0Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$588,374$0Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$107,852$7,000Yes
Hillary ClintonDNY$2,164,484$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$22,875$7,988Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$37,550$0Yes
Norm ColemanRMN$134,218$19,200Yes
Susan CollinsRME$168,224$1,000Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$34,917$0Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$122,275$5,000Yes
John CornynRTX$205,983$0Yes
Larry CraigRID$17,000$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$6,000$1,000Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$106,101$2,180Yes
Chris DoddDCT$106,991$0Yes
Mary Elizabeth DoleRNC$150,794$1,000Yes
Pete DomeniciRNM$25,200$0Yes
Byron DorganDND$56,510$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$197,050$0Yes
John EnsignRNV$90,767$6,000Yes
Mike EnziRWY$17,051$0Yes
Russ FeingoldDWI$381,126$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$251,046$0Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$80,800$0Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$53,046$0Yes
Judd GreggRNH$67,600$2,000Yes
Chuck HagelRNE$9,950$0Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$120,850$0Yes
Orrin HatchRUT$119,032$0Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$135,799$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$28,220$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$91,250$0Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$88,500$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$26,300$0Yes
Ted KennedyDMA$171,504$0Yes
John KerryDMA$101,673$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$931,031$0Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$115,887$5,400Yes
Mary LandrieuDLA$317,662$0Yes
Frank LautenbergDNJ$72,675$0Yes
Patrick LeahyDVT$133,091$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$122,150$0Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$207,983$0Yes
Blanche LincolnDAR$157,787$1,000Yes
Chester Trent LottRMS$19,150$0Yes
Dick LugarRIN$105,576$0Yes
Mel MartinezRFL$83,309$0Yes
John McCainRAZ$23,400$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,092,478$0Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$198,810$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$343,893$0Yes
Barbara MikulskiDMD$383,292$0Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$73,085$0Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$897,342$0Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$79,070$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$137,690$0Yes
Barack ObamaDIL$420,346$0Yes
Mark PryorDAR$28,463$0Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$54,675$0Yes
Harry ReidDNV$148,767$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$29,300$0Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$87,386$0Yes
Ken SalazarDCO$443,543$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$82,536$0Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$73,600$0Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$93,875$1,000Yes
Richard ShelbyRAL$148,480$4,000Yes
Gordon SmithROR$99,109$1,000Yes
Olympia SnoweRME$105,000$0Yes
Arlen SpecterDPA$456,192$0Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$828,432$0Yes
Ted StevensRAK$60,016$0Yes
John SununuRNH$82,139$1,000Yes
Jon TesterDMT$74,550$0Yes
John ThuneRSD$114,274$2,925Yes
David VitterRLA$128,167$0Yes
George VoinovichROH$94,071$0Yes
John WarnerRVA$5,500$0Yes
Jim WebbDVA$271,143$0Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$220,200$0Yes
Ron WydenDOR$41,289$0Yes

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$31,816$0Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$128,432$0Yes
Alan Wayne AllardRCO$0$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$20,200$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$96,810$0Yes
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$143,014$1,000Yes
Bob BennettRUT$28,047$0Yes
Joe BidenDDE$80,425$0Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$43,524$0Yes
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$117,020$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$1,269,230$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$432,029$0Yes
Sam BrownbackRKS$20,700$0Yes
Jim BunningRKY$41,900$1,500Yes
Richard BurrRNC$120,151$0Yes
Robert ByrdDWV$43,300$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$415,246$0Yes
Ben CardinDMD$354,359$0Yes
Tom CarperDDE$28,881$0Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$588,374$0Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$107,852$7,000Yes
Hillary ClintonDNY$2,164,484$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$22,875$7,988Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$37,550$0Yes
Norm ColemanRMN$134,218$19,200Yes
Susan CollinsRME$168,224$1,000Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$34,917$0Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$122,275$5,000Yes
John CornynRTX$205,983$0Yes
Larry CraigRID$17,000$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$6,000$1,000Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$106,101$2,180Yes
Chris DoddDCT$106,991$0Yes
Mary Elizabeth DoleRNC$150,794$1,000Yes
Pete DomeniciRNM$25,200$0Yes
Byron DorganDND$56,510$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$197,050$0Yes
John EnsignRNV$90,767$6,000Yes
Mike EnziRWY$17,051$0Yes
Russ FeingoldDWI$381,126$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$251,046$0Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$80,800$0Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$53,046$0Yes
Judd GreggRNH$67,600$2,000Yes
Chuck HagelRNE$9,950$0Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$120,850$0Yes
Orrin HatchRUT$119,032$0Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$135,799$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$28,220$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$91,250$0Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$88,500$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$26,300$0Yes
Ted KennedyDMA$171,504$0Yes
John KerryDMA$101,673$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$931,031$0Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$115,887$5,400Yes
Mary LandrieuDLA$317,662$0Yes
Frank LautenbergDNJ$72,675$0Yes
Patrick LeahyDVT$133,091$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$122,150$0Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$207,983$0Yes
Blanche LincolnDAR$157,787$1,000Yes
Chester Trent LottRMS$19,150$0Yes
Dick LugarRIN$105,576$0Yes
Mel MartinezRFL$83,309$0Yes
John McCainRAZ$23,400$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,092,478$0Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$198,810$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$343,893$0Yes
Barbara MikulskiDMD$383,292$0Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$73,085$0Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$897,342$0Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$79,070$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$137,690$0Yes
Barack ObamaDIL$420,346$0Yes
Mark PryorDAR$28,463$0Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$54,675$0Yes
Harry ReidDNV$148,767$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$29,300$0Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$87,386$0Yes
Ken SalazarDCO$443,543$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$82,536$0Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$73,600$0Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$93,875$1,000Yes
Richard ShelbyRAL$148,480$4,000Yes
Gordon SmithROR$99,109$1,000Yes
Olympia SnoweRME$105,000$0Yes
Arlen SpecterDPA$456,192$0Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$828,432$0Yes
Ted StevensRAK$60,016$0Yes
John SununuRNH$82,139$1,000Yes
Jon TesterDMT$74,550$0Yes
John ThuneRSD$114,274$2,925Yes
David VitterRLA$128,167$0Yes
George VoinovichROH$94,071$0Yes
John WarnerRVA$5,500$0Yes
Jim WebbDVA$271,143$0Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$220,200$0Yes
Ron WydenDOR$41,289$0Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Women's issues$8,110,320
Schools & colleges$6,783,077
Engineers - type unknown$1,564,143
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,322,456
Computer manufacture & services$1,095,310
Manufacturing$313,104

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Fiscal & tax policy$71,193
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