WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing today on advancing American innovation, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Committee, stressed that the nation’s long term competitiveness is critical to the American economy.
“With the U.S. economy still fragile, America’s long-term competitiveness is more critical than ever,” said Senator Hutchison. “We have important work to do to make sure that we have sustained economic growth and a robust private sector to employ the next generation of American workers. Science and technology are at the core of America’s ability to compete in an increasingly globalized economy and to solve many of the challenges we face as a nation in energy independence, biotechnology, and healthcare.”
According to the National Science Board’s Science and
Engineering Indicators 2010 report,
“In order to compete, the U.S. needs not only to train the
best scientists and engineers in the world, but also ensure that our students
are prepared with a strong proficiency in math and science so that they can be
competitive for the high-paying, high-tech jobs of the 21st century,” Senator
Hutchison said. “I think we can and must
make America more competitive and innovative than it is today.”
You can watch Senator Hutchison’s statement here.