House Approves Quantum Initiative Act

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The House on Thursday approved by voice vote H.R.6227, the National Quantum Initiative Act, which would coordinate a Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development “for the economic and national security” of the United States.

Among other things, the bill would establish a National Quantum Coordination Office in the White House Office of Science and Technology to serve as a central point of contact for stakeholders and promote commercialization of Federal research, support basic quantum science research and standards development at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and fund related research by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The House bill was cleared by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in June.

A Senate companion bill was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Aug. 1.

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