International S&T Cooperation Bill Has A Better Shot In This Congress

Yesterday Representatives Russ Carnahan (Democrat, Missouri) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican, Florida) introduced the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act (H/T the organization formerly known as the American Association for the Advancement of Science) (bill text not available as of this posting).  The bill would require the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to establish an entity to coordinate international efforts in science and technology cooperation across federal government agencies.

A similar, if not identical, bill was introduced and passed the House in the previous Congress.  (In that bill, the group was to be co-chaired by senior personnel in OSTP and the Department of State.) I’m a bit more encouraged about this year’s edition because this bill has sponsors from both parties, unlike last year’s edition.  However, I am not sure how the recent fights between Congress and OSTP over science exchanges with China may affect the final disposition of the bill.