The following is a statement from Association of American Universities President Barbara R. Snyder about the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s decision today to advance the National Science Foundation for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) and the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act (H.R. 3593):
Today, the House Science Committee made a strong, bipartisan show of support for the government-university partnership that has helped make our country the world’s leader in science and innovation. The National Science Foundation for the Future Act and the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act will significantly boost authorized funding for two of our nation’s key federal science agencies and make strategic investments in some of our greatest challenges: improving our national competitiveness; fighting global climate change; and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.
These bills also renew America’s commitment to long-deferred scientific infrastructure projects, effect key changes to facilitate better cross-agency collaboration, and make other smart investments in our nation’s – and the world’s – future.
We appreciate not only the work of House Science Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) to advance these bills, but also the spirit of bipartisan cooperation and support for scientific research that they brought to their leadership of this process. We look forward to working with the committee to advance these two bills and to ensure that they receive support and approval from the full House of Representatives.
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