Congress plans on spending a lot of money to promote "competitiveness" with other countries that are producing more scientists and engineers. The legislation will throw money toward ill-defined causes according to the article. ConcernedCTParent also catches the idea that we don't really know what will be supported.
Hopefully some of the research they support will actually be well-done and useful. One can always hope. We got to where we are now with vague ideas and no research.