White House Pushes Back at Republicans Over Proposed Limits on Science

The Obama administration expressed skepticism on Thursday about a Republican effort to require that federal spending on science promote economic development or national security, calling it a dangerous act of political interference.

Speaking at a policy conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said lawmakers were not qualified to act as peer reviewers.