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America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LUJÁN. Madam Chair, I rise today in support of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, and I thank Chairman Gordon and Ranking Member Hall for their work on this important bill and all my colleagues on the Committee on Science and Technology for their hard work.

During these difficult economic times, it's more important than ever to make sure the United States has the ability to compete globally. That's why this legislation is so sorely needed and which is why I included language in this bill that encourages cooperative agreements between small businesses and our national labs. Our national laboratories are developing new technology that could change the way we generate energy, keep our airports safer, and make our hospitals healthier. My language will make sure this technology gets into a competitive marketplace to encourage economic development and create jobs right here in America.

The COMPETES Act also makes key investments in science education, ensuring that our students are prepared for the jobs of the future. For too long, there has been a divide that has kept minority students out of these fields. We must close this divide and make sure that this generation of students has the opportunity to be the next generation of scientists, researchers, and inventors. That is why I included language in this bill to help support Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other minority-serving institutions. The America COMPETES Act will drive innovation, support small business, increase American competitiveness, and create jobs. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.


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