Highlights from House Science and Technology Agenda
On January 19, Rep. Bart Gordon announced the 2010 legislative agenda for the House Committee on Science and Technology. Innovation and energy and STEM education lead the priorities list.
As part of its effort to maintain U.S. competitiveness through innovation, the Committee plans to work on Reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69), and on developing updated policies for encouraging federally-supported research at labs and universities to be brought into the marketplace.
With regards to energy, the Committee will work on advancing energy technologies through legislation dealing with R&D involving nuclear energy, and marine and hydrokinetic energy, as well as energy efficiency and conservation technologies.
To create the “jobs of the future,” the Committee will, among other things, evaluate STEM education programs across the Federal government and determine how to better coordinate these efforts to make them more effective. “The Committee will continue seeking to ensure not only that our nation will produce the world’s leading scientists and engineers but also that all students will have a strong grounding in math and science and are prepared for technical jobs in every sector of the economy,” reads the agenda.
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