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First round of hearings by Congress back a more muscular NSF

The word "back" appears to mean "support" here. But if so, with the subject "round", should it be "backs"?
In addition, does "the mission" refer back to NSF?

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First round of hearings by Congress back a more muscular NSF

The U.S. Congress this week got its first chance to weigh in on proposals to expand the mission and massively boost the budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the initial response was positive.

Source: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021...e-muscular-nsf

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Re: First round of hearings by Congress back a more muscular NSF

Yes, the verb should be singular to agree with the subject. Native writers make this kind of error extremely often, so much so that it's becoming the norm.
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