For U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, the lesson of his first four months as chairman of the House Science Committee is that maintaining bipartisanship in this day and age is as difficult as rocket science.
When Smith, whose district includes parts of South, West and Central Austin, assumed the helm of the committee at the beginning of the year, he did something that he said no other chairman has done in at least half a century — he called a bipartisan retreat.
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