Fattah Legislation Calls for 'Year of the Federal Lab' and Highlights Critical U.S. Investment in Research
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and leading advocate for federally sponsored research in energy, neuroscience, health and the sciences, has introduced legislation to highlight the critical U.S. investment in research by declaring 2013 the "Year of the Federal Lab."
House Resolution 815, introduced Nov. 16 with bipartisan support, puts the House of Representatives on record that federal laboratories have been and continue to be at the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancement. Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL) is an original cosponsor of the resolution.
"I have visited our national energy laboratories and advocated for their funding because of the critical role they perform in jump-starting tomorrow's economy," Fattah said. "All of our federally-funded labs, and there are more than 100 of them, deserve more credit and attention for their important role in keeping the United States as the world's economic and innovation leader.
"To remain Number One, we must make tough choices about the type of country we want to be. Are we content to fall behind in the areas of energy, space, science, and technology, or will we make the necessary investments to win the future? Our national labs are at the forefront of this effort," Fattah said. "We must showcase and honor federal laboratories, and we must invest in them. We cannot maintain world leadership on the cheap."
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