The latest US spending bill signed into law partially bans scientific exchanges between China and the US by cutting off public funds, Science Insider reported. Republican congressman Frank Wolfe added language prohibiting the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from coordinating any joint scientific activities with China. Wolfe has been a long-time critic of China: “We don’t want to give them the opportunity to take advantage of our technology, and we have nothing to gain from dealing with them,” he said. “And frankly, it boils down to a moral issue … Would you have a bilateral program with Stalin?” However, the Obama administration responded that such scientific cooperation can be conducted by the president under his mandate to conduct foreign policy. Even if technically true, Congress can still deny funding to NASA or OSTP if they ignore the clause.