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AAU President Welcomes House Passage of Competitiveness Legislation, Urges President to Sign into Law Quickly

The following is a statement from AAU President Barbara R. Snyder on today’s House passage of the “CHIPS and Science Act” (H.R. 4346), which includes five years of funding authorizations for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science as well as more than $52 billion in grants, subsidies, and tax incentives to strengthen domestic semiconductor production. The bill also advances diversity in STEM education and programs and reauthorizes key NASA space programs.

I commend the House for joining their Senate colleagues in sending this bill reinvesting in our nation’s global scientific leadership to the president. The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act will help us remain the world’s leaders in scientific research, innovation, and economic growth despite ever-increasing global competition. I urge President Biden to sign this bill into law quickly, and I again urge Congress to approve appropriations in the pending FY23 process that match the research investments this forward-looking legislation authorizes.

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