Brad Smith

The America COMPETES Act and ACS

Discussion created by Brad Smith on May 5, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 28, 2010 by Brad Smith
The American Chemical Society recently released a statement  regarding the recent House Science Committee mark up (April 28) of the America COMPETES Act.  Below is  the text of the statement.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) applauds the introduction of  H.R. 5116 – the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act (Creating  Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology,  Education, and Science).

If enacted, COMPETES will foster American innovation and global  competiveness thereby ensuring that our nation remains a world economic  and technological leader. The provisions in COMPETES both renew and  sustain the critical focus on basic research and development in the  physical sciences, math and science education, and revitalizes policies  that encourage innovation.

ACS President Joseph Francisco, Ph. D., issued a letter of  support for COMPETES to Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), House Science  & Technology Committee on the eve of the Committee’s mark-up of the  bill and praised the Chairman for his leadership in introducing the 2010  reauthorization of COMPETES.

“Reauthorization of COMPETES Act will continue to strengthen the  pillars of American innovation and competitiveness: education, basic  research, and a business environment to drive innovation. It is  essential that we reauthorize COMPETES so that our nation can continue  to invest in the people and the ideas that will form the basis for our  nation’s long-term economic vitality and security,” Francisco stated in  the letter.

Promoting U.S. innovation and competiveness are critical to the  future success of our nation.  Given this importance, ACS expresses its  sincere desire that the reauthorization of COMPETES be accomplished with  overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.  It is  only by working together that we will be able to successfully address  the enormous challenges facing our country.