MILWAUKEE -

Sen. Tammy Baldwin plans to sponsor legislation that she says will strengthen America's commitment to research, science and innovation.

The Wisconsin Democrat said Tuesday her bill would be designed to help the National Institutes of Health support research. She said the goals include evaluating how the federal government distributes its research grants, and ensuring Congress allocates enough research money to keep the U.S. competitive.

She said she plans to introduce the bill when the Senate reconvenes next month. She said it's a policy bill, not a funding bill, so there's not a dollar figure associated with it.

Baldwin also said she hear a lot of bipartisan support for funding science research, even from the most fiscally conservative lawmakers. She said she hopes that support translates into action.