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I recently introduced a resolution supporting the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) interagency working group on neuroscience. This working group is responsible for coordinating existing federal neuroscience research and highlighting the impact of federal dollars that will help improve the quality of life and learning for millions of Americans. The bill spotlights the fact that brain disease, brain injury, and the way we learn effects every family in the United States. Coordinated neuroscience research has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for all Americans. Read more about H Res 613.

The Resolution allows my colleagues to reinforce their support for the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, approved with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama last December. The Initiative sets neuroscience research as a national priority to be coordinated for the first time by the White House, in its OSTP.

Teaming Up for Students
Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and I have teamed up on two pieces of legislation to assist generations of American students who want a higher education AND the opportunity to be fully prepared for college -- as well as the funds necessary for school. The American Dream Accounts Act of 2012, H. R. 4207 would establish secure Web-based accounts that track a student's college readiness, contain information about academic preparedness, financial literacy and high-impact mentoring and would be tied to a college savings account. The bill connects students, parents and teachers across silos, and takes a small but significant step toward helping more under-served students of all income levels access, afford and complete a college education. The Communities Committed to College Tax Credit Act, H.R. 4349,is geared to stimulate private investment in scholarship funding trusts similar to College Opportunity Resources FOR EDUCATION (CORE Scholarships) in Philadelphia and similar funds in Pittsburgh and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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