The shelving of the bill for a national science foundation by the House of Representatives went almost unnoticed amid September's flurry of turbulent and weighty problems. It had for some weeks been touch and go whether the bill could survive either or both committee and House floor debate; as matters now stand it is spared for another day and will presumably be dusted off for further consideration and action next year. In any event, this marks the third time in as many Congresses that the lower chamber has blocked passage of legislation to create a national science foundation by the simple expedient of failing to act.

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