The following is a statement from Association of American Universities President Barbara R. Snyder about the Senate’s passage earlier today of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260, formerly known as the “Endless Frontier Act”):
On behalf of America’s leading research universities, I thank the Senate for passing the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and making a strong, bipartisan show of support for American science and innovation. While the legislation was expanded on the Senate floor to include many other provisions, we appreciate that the final bill incorporates the core provisions of the original Endless Frontier Act to spur federal investments in the research supported by the National Science Foundation. Today’s vote is another important step in renewing our country’s commitment to federally sponsored scientific research to better position the United States for a healthier, more secure, more prosperous future.
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