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The presidentially appointed oversight body to the National Science Foundation (NSF) took the unprecedented step of publicly criticizing pending legislation that it feels would be harmful to the $7 billion research agency. The stance taken by the National Science Board (NSB), detailed in a 5-paragraph statement, escalates a yearlong battle between the scientific community and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chair of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have taken an old battle over the health data that underlie Clean Air Act regulations to a new level. For the ﬁ rst time in 21 years, the House science committee has issued a subpoena, demanding conﬁ dential data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R–TX) has said that if EPA does not oblige, he may go after the institutions that conducted the groundbreaking studies decades ago.