There once was this bill. It supported science jobs and education. It was called the America COMPETES Act. It was a good thing. It was up for reauthorization. Then this happened:
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX), the ranking member of the House science committee, introduced a motion to recommit, a last-ditch effort to change a bill by sending it back to the committee with mandatory instructions.
In this case, Republicans included a provision that would bar the federal government from paying the salaries of employees who’ve been disciplined for viewing pornography at work.
So there were two options: Vote for science and viewing porn at work, or vote against science and against porn at work. This, my friends, is a move only a coward would make. Ralph Hall is a coward. A coward who dislikes progress. And Democrats, being Democrats, voted against porn and not for jobs and science funding, sending the bill back to committee.
EDIT: Science bloggers don’t know what the hell goes on in congress (neither do I for that matter). Just read this. COMPETE is alive. It’s not my fault the rules of congress are more complicated that understanding quantum mechanics.