Boston Globe editorial

FOR THE last quarter-century, small businesses have benefited from a program that sets aside for them a portion of the federal government's research and development money. Created by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and then-Senator Warren Rudman of New Hampshire, the Small Business Innovation Research program steers 2.5 percent of such funding to firms with 500 or fewer employees. Now a House rewrite of the program would loosen the rules. On the Senate side, John F. Kerry is the sponsor of a better bill that keeps the focus on small firms.

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