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Democrats Hope They Have an Answer to Science Bill Porn Amendment

House Democrats plan to bring up a science authorization bill Wednesday under suspension in hopes of avoiding Republican amendments like the one that derailed the bill last week by targeting porn-watching federal employees.

Democrats intend to incorporate the anti-porn language into the bill while cutting its overall price tag by limiting the bill to three years instead of five, according to a House leadership aide. The bill had bipartisan support as well as the backing of industry groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but Republican leaders charged that it was bloated with unnecessary new programs.

Republicans have an opportunity to bring down the bill because it takes a two-thirds vote to pass a bill on suspension.

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