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Nanotechnology Legislation in the 108th Congress
Volume 1, Issue 1

Mike Honda, U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee

While a variety of legal and business issues could influence the commercialization of nanotechnology, perhaps the most important factor impacting the development of nanotechnology is federal funding. The adolescence of nanoscience and its far-reaching potential render it utterly dependent on government funding for its survival. In the final month of 2003, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act. In this article, Representative Mike Honda writes about passage of the new legislation. He begins by providing an overview of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He then delves into the basis for the new legislation and the history of the bill. In doing so, he describes the pivotal discussions and negotiations that took place among policymakers in committee hearings. In the final section, Representative Honda provides a precise description of the final legislative product.

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