This week the U.S. Congress passed bipartisan legislation to create jobs and maintain America’s economic leadership by increasing investment in science education, advanced research, and manufacturing innovation. It is expected that the President will sign the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act into law.
Recent months have brought further confirmation that America is at risk of losing its competitive edge,” said Congressman Dan Lipinski, a former professor and one of the few members of Congress trained as an engineer. “New international test results show American students continue to lag behind their overseas peers, and a follow-up to the influential Rising Above the Gathering Storm report showed other countries continue to catch up and threaten to overtake the U.S. in key measures of innovation. The investments the COMPETES reauthorization makes in American innovation are critical to reversing this trend and putting our country on a path to job creation and long-term economic growth. I am also pleased that, as I fought for over many months, the bill takes numerous steps to promote manufacturing innovation, including through the adoption of ideas from my National Manufacturing Strategy Act.”