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house Bill H.R. 1162

Should the Private Sector get to Contribute $$ to Federal Science Prize Competitions?

Argument in favor

Prize competitions are a great incentive for attracting participation in areas where innovation is needed. Partnering with the private sector will help make the competitions more enticing to participants.

Ezra's Opinion
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05/19/2015
As long as the awards are done on a non-biased matter and there is no further incentive, then a combination of efforts with the government and private sector can be successful.
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forest's Opinion
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05/20/2015
Partnering with private sectors provide an incentive not always available in the government's capacity. This would be a great attractor to drive in innovation within these vital fields.
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sethkenvin's Opinion
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05/20/2015
I mostly gag on public-private-"partnership" stuff, but it seems that if it's a prize contribution, but not a voice on what wins nor any sorts of privileged access to associated work, seems kind of palatable to me
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Argument opposed

The federal government should probably re-assess some of its appropriations requests if its going to start outsourcing R&D activities. Also, a public website with federal science competitions already exists: Challenge.Gov

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
Eventually, the prizes will be given to the winners based on political reasons. The private sector does not need federal funding--it gets enough of that as it is.
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countrudi's Opinion
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05/29/2015
This scarcely needs legislation. Business can reward independently unless legally prohibited.
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Ed's Opinion
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05/21/2015
The private sector can take care of itself.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed May 19th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • action
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-125.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 90.
  • action
    Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1162.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed May 19th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2015

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