The U.S. House of Representatives voted 346-41 Monday to pass the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act, or H.R. 5029. The bill, which now heads to the Senate, tasks the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) with establishing a body under the National Science and Technology Council that would be responsible for identifying and coordinating international science and technology cooperation to support U.S. foreign policy, improve economic and national security, and strengthen the U.S. science and technology enterprise. To be co-chaired by senior officials from OSTP and the Department of State, the group also would be charged with identifying broad issues that may hinder the ability of U.S. scientists and engineers to collaborate with their foreign counterparts. In carrying out its duties, the group is to get recommendations from stakeholders, including universities, industry, scientific and professional societies, and other relevant organizations and institutions.