Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The fight begins: S. 1233 passes by unanimous consent

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1233 ("the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2009") with a single amendment by unanimous consent.

The amendment was offered by Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK) and co-sponsored by Sen. Russell Feingold (D-WI), to include the following changes:
  • The expiration date was changed from 2023 to 2017.
  • Preference ("to the extent that such projects relate to the mission of the Federal agency") is established for "projects relating to security, energy, transportation, or improving the security and quality of the water supply of the United States ."
  • A "science-based and statistically driven" annual report is required, to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
  • Open and fair competition is reinforced with the requiremen that all funds "must be awarded pursuant to competitive and merit-based selection procedures.''

This is a good bill.

Now how to reconcile the House's disaster of H.R. 2965 with the Senate's S. 1233? THAT is the question!

1 comment:

  1. I recommend a trial by combat between the bill sponsors Rep. Jason Altmire H.R.2965) and Sen. Mary Landrieu(S.1233). I get to choose the weapons and I choose baseball bats and tennis rackets.


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