Science policy studied in Congress


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The House Science and Technology Committee will initiate a comprehensive study of science policy in the United States. Although the study will not formally begin until January, when the 99th Congress convenes for its 2-year term, a newly appointed task force has begun to develop the agenda for the committee's work and has begun to prepare background information for the study.

Don Fuqua (D-Fla.), chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, said that the health and vitality of American science unquestionably has been a major factor in the strong performance of the American economy over the last 35 years. However, the committee is concerned that present policies and practices may not be fully adequate to the new environment facing U.S. science in the coming decades.