We previously discussed the pending National Nanotechnology Initiative re-authorization here, and we’re back today to let you know that the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill.

On June 5, the House, by a 407-6 vote, passed H.R. 5490: National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2008.  The bill now heads to the Senate for its consideration and vote

As reported earlier in the Committee Stage, "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."  There was 40 minutes of debate on the House floor, upon which the motion was called for and passed by a wide margin.

My only question is: Why did the 6 Congressmen and women who voted against it, vote against it?  Unfortunately the Congressional Record for this debate is not yet available.  If you’re curious who those people are, the roll-call vote is here.