Congress is aiming to keep America at the forefront of technology advances.
The Senate has voted to authorize an additional 16 billion dollars for math and science programs over the next four years.
The measure is being called the America Competes Act and now goes to the House. It would create science magnet schools, each of which would be adopted by one of the Energy Department's national laboratories. The bill also includes money to train math and science teachers and encourage high school students to take part in advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs.
The act would also encourage federal agencies to set aside more money for research.