The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed separate legislation intended to strengthen math and science education and improve the nation's effort to compete in the global economy.

The Senate voted April 25 to authorize an additional $16 billion for math and science programs over the next four years to keep the nation at the forefront of technology breakthroughs. The 88-8 vote sent the America Competes Act to the House, which just passed similar legislation.

The increase would boost total spending in these programs to $60 billion over the four-year period, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a...

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