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Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Celebrate Successful Markup of Five Bipartisan Innovation Bills

(Washington, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a full Committee markup of five bills:

  • H.R. 4609, the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the Future Act of 2021
  • H.R. 3858, the National Science and Technology Strategy Act of 2021
  • H.R. 4588, the Regional Innovation Act of 2021
  • H.R. 4606, the Energizing Technology Transfer Act
  • H.R. 4599, the Steel Upgrading Partnerships and Emissions Reduction Act.

“I am very excited to report these five bipartisan bills to the House after passing them through the Science, Space, and Technology Committee at our markup today, said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “These bills will be critical as Congress continues to build a robust, comprehensive, and bipartisan innovation package that will help ensure the United States remains competitive. I would like to thank Ranking Member Lucas, and each Committee Member for their bipartisan work on their respective bills. The Science, Space, and Technology Committee provides a unique and critical perspective to put our nation on a path for success and leadership in science and innovation. I look forward bringing these bills to the full house floor for a vote and getting this legislation to the President’s desk.”

“The five bills we passed out of Committee today, along with the NSF for the Future Act and the DOE Science for the Future Act, represent a comprehensive and strategic plan to advance American science and technology,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK). “We’re doubling our investment in basic research, improving technology transfer, expanding and diversifying our research locations, and prioritizing emerging technologies needed to drive progress, including cybersecurity, quantum sciences, artificial intelligence, and advanced manufacturing. The threat we face from China is real and growing every day. It threatens American jobs, cybersecurity, and national security. Our policy proposals not only strengthen American science, but also counter the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party. I’m very proud of the work the House Science Committee has done to create a strategic and sustainable plan to invest in research and development. I want to thank Chairwoman Johnson for working with me on these bills and I’m looking forward to moving these through the legislative process so we can create a comprehensive package to support American competitiveness.”

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