As Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Taskforce on Innovation and Competitiveness, I have been deeply involved in creating an innovation agenda that focuses on math and science education, supports manufacturing and clean energy, and works to help ensure America can compete in a 21st Century global economy.
The first in many steps of reauthorizing the Innovation Agenda, Congress voted in May 2010 for significant investments in science, education and innovation in an effort to spur job growth and economic competitiveness as part of the bipartisan America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, H.R. 5116. The Act will strengthen U.S. scientific and economic leadership, support employers, and create jobs through investments in science, innovation, and education.
The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act is an important investment in our long-term economic future and will help make sure our country remains the most innovative and creative in the world. It will strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math education, support basic research at our science agencies, universities and technical colleges and help foster innovation and creativity in our workforce--all of which are crucial to creating the jobs of the future, improving our quality of life, and ensuring our nation can compete and be a leader in a global economy.
Over 750 organizations have endorsed the legislation including the University of Wisconsin, 3M, Cummins Inc., Rockwell Automation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable, the Council on Competitiveness, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the National Venture Capital Association.