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Dems Thwart GOP Plan To Kill Science Jobs Bill With Porn Provision

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"By dividing the question, members were not forced to choose between gutting funding and seemingly voting 'pro-porn,'" science committee spokeswoman Karly Schledwitz told TPM.

Democrats brought the bill, which would increase funding for scientific research and math and science education, to the floor in May. Republicans filed a motion to recommit, which would send the bill back to committee. The motion included major cuts to the funding included in the bill, by cutting new programs and ending authorization in 2013.

Those motions are often defeated. But Republicans inserted language that would prohibit taxpayer money from going to the salaries of employees who've been disciplined for viewing pornography at work.

It was enough to spook Democrats into voting for the motion, afraid they'd be labeled "pro-porn" in ads this November.

The Republicans, not surprisingly, were angry about the development.

"I am disappointed that my Democratic colleagues resorted to using a procedural tactic to defeat Republican changes that would have saved over $40 billion and restored the original COMPETES priority of basic research," science committee ranking member Ralph Hall said in a press release after the vote.

Hall's spokesman had no comment further than the release, which railed against the use of a "rare procedural tactic" to strike "several bipartisan changes."

The changes were only bipartisan, of course, because of the anti-porn measure.