Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Regarding the May 29 news story "U.S. Experts Bemoan Nation's Loss of Stature in the World of Science":
I agree wholeheartedly that science is of growing importance to addressing America's biggest challenges. That's why it was vitally important to heed the recommendations of the National Academies and move forward with the America Competes Act, to ensure our nation's competitive position in the world through improvements to math and science education and a strong commitment to research. The measure was signed into law last August.
More recently, I brought together a bipartisan coalition of 30 of my colleagues to sign a letter to the House leadership advocating for additional fiscal 2008 funding for the America Competes Act, and we have collected signatures from 244 leaders of America's business, academic and research communities in support of the funding.
Science and the American spirit of innovation are the keys to solving climate change, curing diseases and reinvigorating the U.S. economy. Our committee will do everything in its power to make sure that American science has the funding, educated workforce and support it needs.
U.S. Representative (D-Tenn.)
The writer is chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology.