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16-HR3293 on Jul 29, 2015

Decided Feb 11, 2016

Source: HR 3293
Congressional Summary: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act: This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award federal funding for basic research and education in the sciences only if the grant promotes the progress of science in the United States, is worthy of federal funding, and is in the national interest.

Support on GovTrack.us: Lead sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21)--chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee--noted the millions of dollars the NSF has doled out for purposes he considers less than worthwhile. In particular, he cited a few examples he considered particularly egregious, including:

  • $700,000 to support a climate change-themed musical
  • $487,000 to study the Icelandic textile industry during the Viking era
  • $516,000 to help amateurs create a video game to 'Relive Prom Night'

Opposition on GovTrack.us: The Science Committee's ranking member, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) called the bill anti-science. She wrote, "Most Members of Congress lack the relevant expertise to fairly evaluate the merits of any particular grant. If we do not trust the Nation's scientific experts to make that judgement, then who are we to trust?" Johnson also noted that the NSF already has a rigorous review process, only funding about 1/5 of grant proposals.

White House Opposition: Contrary to its stated purpose, [HR.3293] would add nothing to accountability in Federal funding for scientific research, while needlessly adding to bureaucratic burdens and overhead at the NSF. It would replace the clarity of the [current rules implemented in] 1950, with confusing language that could cast a shadow over the value of basic research.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 236-178-26 (roll call 70, CR H684) on 2/11/16; bill died in Senate committee. The White House had threatened to veto the bill if it passed the Senate.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Question 15: Expand the military Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Technology
  • Headline: Award research grants based on national interest (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress (Score: -1)
  • Headline 3: Sponsored bill to base research grants on national interest (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 16-HR3293

Alma Adams v2nNorth Carolina Democratic House Member 
Pete Aguilar v2nCalifornia Democratic House Member 
Brad Ashford v1yNebraska Democratic House Member 
Karen Bass v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Joyce Beatty v2nOhio Democrat 
Ami Bera v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Don Beyer v2nVirginia Democratic House Member 
Sanford Bishop v2nGeorgia Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer v2nOregon Democrat 
Suzanne Bonamici v2nOregon Democrat 
Brendan Boyle v2nPennsylvania Democratic House Member 
Robert Brady v2nPennsylvania Democrat 
Corrine Brown v2nFlorida Democrat 
Julia Brownley v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Cheri Bustos v2nIllinois Democrat 
G.K. Butterfield v2nNorth Carolina Democrat 
Lois Capps v2nCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016) 
Michael Capuano v2nMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Tony Cardenas v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Andre Carson v2nIndiana Democrat 
Matt Cartwright v2nPennsylvania Democrat 
Kathy Castor v2nFlorida Democrat 
Judy Chu v2nCalifornia Democrat 
David Cicilline v2nRhode Island Democrat 
Katherine Clark v2nMassachusetts Democrat 
Yvette Clarke v2nNew York Democrat 
William Lacy Clay v2nMissouri Democrat 
James Clyburn v2nSouth Carolina Democrat 
Steve Cohen v2nTennessee Democrat 
Bonnie Watson Coleman v2nNew Jersey Democratic House Member 
Gerry Connolly v2nVirginia Democrat 
John Conyers v2nMichigan Democrat 
Jim Cooper v2nTennessee Democrat 
Jim Costa v3yCalifornia Democrat 
Joe Courtney v2nConnecticut Democrat 
Joseph Crowley v2nNew York Democrat 
Henry Cuellar v1yTexas Democrat 
Elijah Cummings v2nMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis v2nIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio v2nOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette v2nColorado Democrat 
John Delaney v2nMaryland Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro v2nConnecticut Democrat 
Suzan DelBene v2nWashington Democrat 
Mark DeSaulnier v2nCalifornia Democratic House Member 
Ted Deutch v2nFlorida Democrat 
Debbie Dingell v2nMichigan Democratic House Member 
Lloyd Doggett v2nTexas Democrat 
Mike Doyle v2nPennsylvania Democrat 
Keith Ellison v2nMinnesota Democrat 
Eliot Engel v2nNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Elizabeth Esty v2nConnecticut Democrat 
Sam Farr v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah v2nPennsylvania Democrat 
Bill Foster v2nIllinois Democrat 
Lois Frankel v2nFlorida Democrat 
Tulsi Gabbard v2nHawaii Democrat 
Ruben Gallego v2nArizona Democratic House Member 
John Garamendi v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Gwen Graham v2nFL Democratic candidate for Governor 
Alan Grayson v3yFL Democratic Senate candidate 
Al Green v2nTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva v2nArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez v2nIllinois Democrat 
Janice Hahn v2nCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016) 
Alcee Hastings v2nFlorida Democrat 
Denny Heck v2nWashington Democrat 
Brian Higgins v2nNew York Democrat 
Ruben Hinojosa v2nTexas Democrat 
Mike Honda v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Steny Hoyer v2nMaryland Democrat 
Jared Huffman v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee v2nTexas Democrat 
Hakeem Jeffries v2nNew York Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson v2nTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson v2nGeorgia Democrat 
Marcy Kaptur v2nOhio Democrat 
Bill Keating v2nMassachusetts Democrat 
Joe Kennedy III v2nMA Democratic Senate challenger 
Dan Kildee v2nMichigan Democrat 
Derek Kilmer v2nWashington Democrat 
Ann Kirkpatrick v2nArizona Democrat 
Annie Kuster v2nNew Hampshire Democrat 
James Langevin v2nRhode Island Democrat 
Rick Larsen v2nWashington Democrat 
John Larson v2nConnecticut Democrat 
Brenda Lawrence v2nMichigan Democratic House Member 
Barbara Lee v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Sander Levin v2nMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis v2nGeorgia Democrat 
Ted Lieu v2nCalifornia Democratic House Member 
David Loebsack v2nIowa Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Alan Lowenthal v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey v2nNew York Democrat 
Ben Ray Lujan v2nNew Mexico Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney v2nNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Sean Maloney v2nNew York Democrat 
Doris Matsui v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Betty McCollum v2nMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott v2nWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern v2nMassachusetts Democrat 
Jerry McNerney v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Gregory Meeks v2nNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Grace Meng v2nNew York Democrat 
Gwen Moore v2nWisconsin Democrat 
Seth Moulton v2nMA Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from MA-6 
Patrick Murphy v2nFL Democratic Senate candidate 
Jerrold Nadler v2nNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Richard Neal v2nMassachusetts Democrat 
Rick Nolan v2nMinnesota Democrat 
Donald Norcross v2nNew Jersey Democratic House Member 
Barack Obama v2nIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008)Jul 29, 2015
Threatened to veto the bill if it passed the Senate
Frank Pallone v2nNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell v2nNew Jersey Democrat 
Nancy Pelosi v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Ed Perlmutter v2nCO Democratic candidate for Governor 
Scott Peters v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Collin Peterson v1yMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Chellie Pingree v2nMaine Democrat 
Mark Pocan v2nWisconsin Democrat 
Jared Polis v2nCO Democratic candidate for Colorado Governor 
David Eugene Price v2nNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel v2nNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016) 
Kathleen Rice v2nNew York Democratic House Member 
Lucille Roybal-Allard v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Raul Ruiz v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger v2nMaryland Democrat 
Bobby Rush v2nIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan v2nOH Democratic candidate for President; U.S. Rep from OH-13 
Linda Sanchez v2nCalifornia Democrat 
John Sarbanes v2nMaryland Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky v2nIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Scott v2nVirginia Democrat 
David Scott v2nGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano v2nNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Terri Sewell v2nAlabama Democrat 
Brad Sherman v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Kyrsten Sinema v1yArizona Democrat 
Albio Sires v2nNew Jersey Democrat 
Louise Slaughter v2nNew York Democrat 
Jackie Speier v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Takai v2nHawaii Democratic House Member 
Mark Takano v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Bennie Thompson v2nMississippi Democrat 
Mike Thompson v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Dina Titus v2nNevada Democrat 
Paul Tonko v2nNew York Democrat 
Norma Torres v2nCalifornia Democratic House Member 
Chris Van Hollen v2nMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016) 
Juan Vargas v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Marc Veasey v2nTexas Democrat 
Filemon Vela v2nTexas Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez v2nNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Peter Visclosky v2nIndiana Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz v2nFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters v2nCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Welch v2nVermont Democrat 
Frederica Wilson v2nFlorida Democrat 
John Yarmuth v2nKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 16-HR3293

Ralph Abraham v3yLA Republican challenger for Governor 
Robert Aderholt v1yAlabama Republican 
Rick Allen v1yGeorgia Republican House Member 
Mark Amodei v1yNevada Republican 
Brian Babin v3yTexas Republican House Member 
Andy Barr v1yKentucky Republican 
Dan Benishek v1yMichigan Republican 
Gus Bilirakis v1yFlorida Republican 
Mike Bishop v1yMichigan Republican House Member 
Rob Bishop v1yUtah Republican 
Diane Black v1yTennessee Republican 
Marsha Blackburn v1yTennessee Republican 
Mike Bost v1yIllinois Republican House Member 
Kevin Brady v1yTexas Republican 
Mo Brooks v3yAlabama RepublicanJul 29, 2015
Sponsored bill but did not vote
Susan Brooks v1yIndiana Republican 
Vern Buchanan v3yFlorida Republican 
Ken Buck v1yCO Republican Challenger (withdrawn) 
Larry Bucshon v1yIndiana Republican 
Michael Burgess v1yTexas Republican 
Bradley Byrne v1yAL Republican 2020 Senate Challenger 
Ken Calvert v1yCalifornia Republican 
Buddy Carter v1yGeorgia Republican House Member 
John Carter v1yTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot v1yOhio Republican 
Jason Chaffetz v1yUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Curt Clawson v1yFlorida Republican 
Tom Cole v1yOklahoma Republican 
Chris Collins v1yNew York Republican 
Doug Collins v1yGA Republican challenger for 2-year special election 
Barbara Comstock v3yVirginia Republican House Member 
Mike Conaway v1yTexas Republican 
Paul Cook v1yCalifornia Republican 
Ryan Costello v1yPennsylvania Republican House Member 
Kevin Cramer v1yND Republican candidate for North Dakota U.S. Senator 
Rick Crawford v1yArkansas Republican 
Ander Crenshaw v1yFlorida Republican 
John Culberson v1yTexas Republican 
Carlos Curbelo v2nFlorida Republican House Member 
Rodney Davis v1yIllinois Republican 
Jeff Denham v1yCalifornia Republican 
Charles Dent v1yPennsylvania Republican 
Ron DeSantis v1yFL Republican candidate for governor 
Scott DesJarlais v1yTennessee Republican 
Mario Diaz-Balart v1yFlorida Republican 
Bob Dold v2nIllinois Republican House Member 
Dan Donovan v1yNew York Republican 
Sean Duffy v1yWisconsin Republican 
Jeff Duncan v1ySouth Carolina Republican 
Jimmy Duncan v1yTennessee Republican 
Renee Ellmers v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
Tom Emmer v1yMinnesota Republican House Member 
Blake Farenthold v1yTexas Republican 
Mike Fitzpatrick v1yPennsylvania Republican (retiring 2016) 
Chuck Fleischmann v1yTennessee Republican 
John Fleming v1yLA Republican Senate candidate 
Bill Flores v1yTexas Republican 
Jeff Fortenberry v1yNebraska Republican 
Virginia Foxx v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
Trent Franks v1yArizona Republican 
Rodney Frelinghuysen v1yNew Jersey Republican 
Scott Garrett v1yNew Jersey Republican 
Bob Gibbs v1yOhio Republican 
Chris Gibson v1yNew York Republican (retiring 2016) 
Louie Gohmert v1yTexas Republican 
Paul Gosar v1yArizona Republican 
Kay Granger v1yTexas Republican 
Garret Graves v1yLouisiana Republican Runoff Nominee 
Samuel Graves v1yMissouri Republican 
Morgan Griffith v1yVirginia Republican 
Glenn Grothman v1yWisconsin Republican House Member 
Brett Guthrie v1yKentucky Republican 
Cresent Hardy v1yNevada Republican House Member 
Gregg Harper v1yMississippi Republican 
Andy Harris v1yMaryland Republican 
Vicky Hartzler v1yMissouri Republican 
Joe Heck v1yNevada Republican 
Jeb Hensarling v3yTexas Republican 
French Hill v3yArkansas Republican House Member 
George Holding v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
Tim Huelskamp v3yKansas Republican 
Duncan Hunter v1yCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Will Hurd v1yTexas Republican House Member 
Robert Hurt v1yVirginia Republican 
Evan Jenkins v1yWest Virginia Republican House Member 
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Bill Johnson v3yOhio Republican 
David Jolly v1yFL Republican Senate Challenger 
Walter Beaman Jones v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan v1yOhio Republican 
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John Katko v1yNew York Republican House Member 
Mike Kelly v1yPennsylvania Republican 
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Peter King v1yNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Steve King v1yIowa Republican 
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Raul Labrador v1yID Republican candidate for Idaho Governor 
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Kevin McCarthy v3yCalifornia Republican 
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Tom McClintock v3yCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003) 
Patrick McHenry v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
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Mark Meadows v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
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Tim Murphy v1yPennsylvania Republican 
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Dan Newhouse v1yWashington Republican House Member 
Kristi Noem v1ySD Republican 
Rich Nugent v1yFlorida Republican 
Devin Nunes v1yCalifornia Republican 
Pete Olson v1yTexas Republican 
Steven Palazzo v1yMississippi Republican 
Gary Palmer v3yAlabama Republican House Member 
Erik Paulsen v1yMinnesota Republican 
Scott Perry v1yPennsylvania Republican 
Robert Pittenger v1yNorth Carolina Republican 
Ted Poe v1yTexas Republican 
Bruce Poliquin v1yMaine Republican House Member 
Mike Pompeo v3yKansas Republican 
Bill Posey v3yFlorida Republican 
Tom Price v1yGA Republican challenger for 2-year special election 
John Ratcliffe v1yTexas Republican House Member 
Tom Reed v1yNew York Republican 
Jim Renacci v1yOH Republican candidate for Governor (switched to Senate race) 
Tom Rice v1ySouth Carolina Republican 
Scott Rigell v1yVirginia Republican 
Martha Roby v1yAlabama Republican 
Phil Roe v1yTennessee Republican 
Hal Rogers v1yKentucky Republican 
Michael Rogers v1yAlabama Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher v3yCalifornia Republican 
Todd Rokita v3yIN Republican candidate for Indiana U.S. Senator 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen v2nFlorida Republican 
Peter Roskam v1yIllinois Republican 
Dennis Ross v1yFlorida Republican 
Keith Rothfus v1yPennsylvania Republican 
David Rouzer v3yNorth Carolina Republican House Member 
Steve Russell v1yOklahoma Republican House Member 
Matt Salmon v1yArizona Republican 
Mark Sanford v1ySC Republican Presidential contender 
Steve Scalise v1yLA Republican challenger 
David Schweikert v1yArizona Republican 
John Shimkus v1yIllinois Republican 
Bill Shuster v1yPennsylvania Republican 
Mike Simpson v1yIdaho Republican 
Adrian Smith v1yNebraska Republican 
Christopher Smith v1yNew Jersey Republican 
Jason Smith v1yMissouri Republican 
Lamar Smith v3yTexas Republican 
Elise Stefanik v1yNew York Republican House Member 
Chris Stewart v1yUtah Republican 
Steve Stivers v1yOhio Republican 
Mac Thornberry v1yTexas Republican 
Scott Tipton v1yColorado Republican 
Mike Turner v1yOhio Republican 
Fred Upton v1yMichigan Republican 
David Valadao v1yCalifornia Republican 
Ann Wagner v1yMissouri Republican 
Tim Walberg v1yMichigan Republican 
Greg Walden v1yOregon Republican 
Jackie Walorski v1yIndiana Republican 
Mimi Walters v1yCalifornia Republican House Member 
Randy Weber v3yTexas Republican 
Brad Wenstrup v1yOhio Republican 
Bruce Westerman v3yArkansas Republican House Member 
Ed Whitfield v3yKentucky Republican 
Roger Williams v1yTexas Republican 
Joe Wilson v1ySouth Carolina Republican 
Steve Womack v1yArkansas Republican 
Rob Woodall v1yGeorgia Republican 
Kevin Yoder v1yKansas Republican 
Ted Yoho v1yFlorida Republican 
David Young v1yIowa Republican House Member 
Don Young v1yAlaska Republican 
Lee Zeldin v1yNew York Republican House Member 
Ryan Zinke v1yMontana Republican House Member 



Independents participating in 16-HR3293

Justin Amash v1yMI Libertarian Presidential Challenger  
Xavier Becerra v2nCA Nominee for Attorney General 
Charles Boustany v1yLA U.S. Rep and Republican Senate Challenger 
Marcia Fudge v2nOH Nominee for HUD Secretary 
Darrell Issa v1yCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003) 
Mick Mulvaney v1ySC Budget Director/Chief of Staff 
Cedric Richmond v2nLA Nominee for Public Liaison 
Eric Swalwell v2nCA Presidential candidate (withdrawn); U.S. Rep from CA-15 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 164
Republicans: 194
Independents: 8


















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