At a press conference held Thursday, June 25, Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) announced that he and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) were introducing a bill to double federal support for research and development (R&D) over the next 12 years.

This latest development gives a boost to legislation introduced last October by Senators Phil Gramm (R-Tex.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) to double R&D spending in a decade. The earlier bill, numbered S. 1305, garnered only 18 Senate cosponsors in 8 months and appears to be mired in the Labor and Human Resources Committee with little hope of moving to the Senate floor.