The Research Works Act, which would have worked against open access to taxpayer-funded research, has been withdrawn by its sponsors, Reps. Darrell Issa and Carolyn Malony. In a joint statement issued on February 27, 2012, Reps. Issa and Malony noted, "The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate." For more information:
"Legislation to Bar Public-Access Requirement on Federal Research Is Dead" from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
More from the Open Science Federation about the reasons for the withdrawal of the RWA.
The text of the joint Issa-Malony statement, from Alexander Howard's blog, RIP Research Works Act.
An excellent collection of resources about the RWA from the Harvard Open Access Project, Harvard Law School.