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.