JAMA. 1948;137(1):17-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890350019005.
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On June 5 of last year, the Senate passed the National Science Foundation bill S. 526 by a vote of 79 to 8. A parallel bill (representing H. R. 1815, 1830 and 1834, introduced by Representatives Case, Mills and Priest, respectively) was passed by acclaim in the House a few days later. In both bills the authority of the Foundation was vested in a Board of twenty-four members, who were to be appointed by the President. The two bills differed, however, in that the Senate bill gave the President the power to appoint the Director (with the advice and consent of the Senate) after receiving nominations from the Board, whereas in the House bill it was specified that the Director was to be appointed by, and was to be responsible to, the Board. The compromise bill agreed on in joint conference followed the House bill, in that it stipulated that the


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