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Opinion: The Morning: Frustration over stalled bill

December 16, 2021 · The New York Times The Morning
Re: “The Morning: Frustration over stalled bill” from December 9, 2021, David Leonhardt concludes, “America’s global rivals are no doubt cheered by the dysfunction.” We share Leonhardt’s concern that bipartisan legislation (the U.S. Innovation and Competition and NSF for the Future Acts) that would provide a sorely needed blueprint for U.S. global competitiveness in science and technology investment remains unfinished. In addition, proposed increases in annual funding for science and technology have been postponed for consideration until next year, which freezes federal investments in place just when we need progress more than ever. And the sweeping Build Back Better legislation, which also includes new programs that would strengthen the U.S. science enterprise, remains mired in debate.
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The Science & Technology Action Committee is a group of 22 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology. The Committee is co-chaired by: Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy & Strategy UCSF, Sudip Parikh, CEO, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Mary Woolley, President & CEO, Research!America, and Bill Novelli, Professor & Founder, Business For Impact Center, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.