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house Bill H.R. 539

Should the National Science Foundation Support Entrepreneurs?

Argument in favor

Small businesses and inventors could use additional federal support to help them turn innovations into commercially products. This bill would direct the National Science Foundation — which has expertise in this area — to provide this vital support.

IllWill's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Overall, this bill seems good, but there needs to be a focus on entrepreneurs who are innovating in socially responsible and environmentally-friendly ways.
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Kat's Opinion
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02/26/2019
I'm always for the little guy. I try to support small businesses if I can. Since 911 people have gotten very clever on how to make money. Good for them
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Lisa's Opinion
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02/26/2019
Thank you for voting to the positive on this😎
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Argument opposed

Bringing products to market for commercial purposes shouldn’t be a federally funded exercise. Future profits from bringing new products to market, not taxpayer money, should pay for commerciation activities.

JTJ's Opinion
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02/25/2019
No this is not the job of government. If you want to help entrepreneurs, then lower taxes and reduce regulation.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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02/26/2019
This is a corruption of what the NSF is supposed to be. Keep the funding for research science. There are plenty of resources out there for corporations to take government money. Let the market care for the market. Leave what little money goes to science for science.
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Jarsh's Opinion
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02/26/2019
This bill is the definition of crony capitalism. Let the free market sort itself out. This is an example of the house trying to buy votes.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed February 25th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 385 Yea / 18 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2019

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    Just so long as we don’t make it some “green” deal to save the whales and stop the faux climate Armageddon
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    Once again! A PERFECT example, of Republicans & Co. "talking" about how they want government to stop funding socialist type programs BUT!!!! The proof is in the GREEDY pudding! THERE THEY ARE the first ones to jump on board with MAKING US TAXPAYERS pay! Making the GOVERNMENT pay. DIG deep...and you will find they are padding the pockets of themselves, and friends! The GOVERNMENT IS NOT A BLANK CHECK representatives! IF you want to get re-elected, put the MONEY WHERE AMERICA NEEDS IT! Out of ALL the areas we need $$! THIS
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    The federal government does not need to sponsor profit making ventures
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    As much as I like NSF and entrepreneurs, this is not a good bill. NSF does not focus on product development except as needed for their own work. They focus on conceptual work and research, neither of which is the same as development since those stages precede the development stage. Concept and research work by the government is essential. Long gone are the days when such work was done by corporations. Corporations and entrepreneurs are now too focused on short term financial gain. In fact, it is vital for entrepreneurs to be able to show profit in the short term since otherwise they fail.
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    The stimulous for promoting entrepeneurial success lies in the realm of the Federal and State SBAs and not the NSF. Funds garnered by the NSF should only be used to promote Science and related engineering projects as well as the education of those who desire to enter those fields as a research endeavor and not as a business. Frankly I am tired of those that suggest the robbing of resources for purposes that they were never intended for and I have no respect for any Senator or Representative that comes to the table with any proposal, bill, decision or law that pulls money for other than what it was intended for.
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    We do not want tax dollars spent where they are not required. This is another good example of overreach.
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    Free market will do the funding if it is worth while!
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    Absolutely not! The very nature of science is that it should be free from outside pressure to choose on the basis of judgement or decisions by non-scientists whose motives are questionable. Pharmaceutical research now is largely driven by monetary value, yet what is needed now is NEW ANTIBIOTICS. We are one epidemic away from catastrophe. If HIV had been more easily transmitted, we’d all be dead, yet Big Pharma promotes medicines for restless leg syndrome, ED meds, and scaly psoriasis - unpleasant but not fatal diseases
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    No question - no downside to doing this
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    I graduated with money from NSF. This method to bridge to commercial uses for the developing technology is a great use of government money and is bipartisan.
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    This clearly has someone very specific in mind and is not truly designed as it sounds. I do not endorse this type of legislation or misappropriation of taxpayer funds.
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    More ways for the Democrats to steal from taxpayers
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    This is America. Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. We must be able to have our freedoms to start businesses.
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    Bringing products to market for commercial purposes shouldn’t be a federally funded exercise. Future profits from bringing new products to market, not taxpayer money, should pay for commerciation activities.
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    Some of the best ideas came from people who didn't have major money backing them.
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    It is likely the science would be watered down to serve the purpose of grubbing for the almighty dollar.
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    Leave the private sector alone. “Happiness is when government is limited.” -Former US President Ronald Reagan. I’m disappointed my representative voted in favor for this.
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    Sorry, but private industry can do a better job if left alone.
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    This is not the mission of NSF! This is the Small Business Administration’s job. The NSF should focus on the Vannevar Bush vision of funding a pool of basic research that any U.S. company can draw from.
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    Supporting Inventors and entrepreneurs helps to make America great again.
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