The expansion of basic scientific research included in a 2022 bipartisan law, funded through the National Science Foundation, “is in serious jeopardy,” Atkinson said in an interview. Biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health and clean energy programs at the Department of Energy are also at risk, he said.
After signing the legislation, which authorizes $81 billion for the National Science Foundation over five years to advance research in several critical areas, President Joe Biden called it a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself.”
Lawmakers from both parties called it a long-overdue response to China’s growing strength in high-tech areas including artificial intelligence, quantum computing and biotech.
The legislation also separately allocated $52 billion in federal grants to US semiconductor manufacturers to rebuild domestic chip production that has moved overseas for years.
House Republicans, facing a vote to raise the national debt limit, used it to pressure Biden and congressional Democrats to cut spending. The House passed a bill last month that would reduce the deficit by $4.8 trillion in exchange for lifting the debt limit through the first quarter of next year.