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06/01/2010 07:44 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

House Passes $84 Billion Science Bill

The House has passed an $84 billion bill for scientific and technological innovation, the largest of its kind to be considered this year.

The Associated Press reports:

The bill approves funds over five years for basic and applied research programs at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology labs, and others. It passed 262-150.

The NSF would have access to more than $40 billion over the five-year period for research and education programs, although the actual money allotted is determined in annual spending bills. The bill still needs Senate approval.

The bill passed on its third round through the House. Its price tag was previously contested by Republicans.

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