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BILL REINTRODUCED TO DOUBLE CIVILIAN R&D

February 26, 1999

BILL REINTRODUCED TO DOUBLE CIVILIAN R&D

Senators Bill Frist (R- TN) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation to nearly double civilian and pre-competitive research over the next 11 years. S. 296, titled the Federal Research Investment Act , was cosponsored by 18 other Democrats and Republicans. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for consideration.

A similar bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent last session; the House did not act on the bill before adjourning.

Civilian R&D made up only 2.1 percent of the overall federal budget in FY 1998, according to the bill. S. 296 calls for a steady 2.5 percent annual increase above the rate of inflation (assumed to be 3% each year) throughout an 11 year period beginning in 2000. The end result could be civilian R&D  representing 2.6% of the total federal budget and nearly double FY 1998 expenditures.

Text of S. 296 can be found on the Web through http://thomas.loc.gov

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