Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona considers the National Science Foundation's funding of political science research as "meritless" and wants Congress to eliminate all funding for such work, prohibiting it from spending any of its 2013 funds on its political science program.
The program in question consumed about $11 million in federal funds this year. One of the recipients is Jennifer Lawless, an associate professor of government at American University, who received $300,000.
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