House Republicans have derailed a major science funding bill for the second time in a week, charging that it costs too much at a time of mounting federal debt.
Democrats say the bill, which commits more than $40 billion over three years to fund the National Science Foundation and other agencies promoting innovation and science education, is critical if America is to maintain its technological edge in the world.
But Republicans were nearly united against it, and the bill failed to get the two-thirds majority needed for passage. Democrats withdrew an earlier version last week after Republicans pushed through an amendment killing major initiatives.
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