On May 7, 2008 the House Committee on Science and Technology unanimously approved H.R. 5940, the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2008. The bill now moves onto the full House, and then Senate for full consideration. As stated by the Committee, "H.R. 5940, does not substantially alter NNI, but makes adjustments to some of the priorities of the program and strengthens one of the core components – environmental and safety research."
The full text of the bill can be found here, and we now wait to see what the full House will do with the bill. However, the fact that H.R. 5940 is receiving bi-partisan support in committee, and was referred back to the full House so quickly (the bill was originally introduced on May 1, 2008), is positive for future action.