America COMPETES: Science and the U.S. Economy

SCom: InnovationWASHINGTON, D.C.— Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today announced the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. to begin the committee’s work on the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, which funds government research and development initiatives that are critical to maintaining the country’s global advantage in these important areas. This hearing will examine why the federal government must invest in research and development and STEM education, and how these investments drive innovation and the U.S. economy.

Currently, the federal government funds 31 percent of all research and development in the U.S. This seed funding has played a major role in the advancement of high-tech industries such as computing, aerospace and biotechnology. However, in recent years the U.S. has fallen behind its competitors in investments in these important fields due to the sequester and other budget cuts. Following the government shutdown, The Science Coalition released a report that reinforced the vital role of federal scientific research investments in the creation of successful new companies and new jobs. 

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Majority Statement

  • Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Minority Statement

  • Senator John Thune

    Ranking Member
    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


  • The Honorable Lamar Alexander

    U.S. Senator

Witness Panel 2

  • Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier

    Vice Chairman, National Science Board
    Vice President for Research, Regents' Professor of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
    Download Testimony (311.03 KB)
  • Dr. Saul Perlmutter

    Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
    Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Download Testimony (825.61 KB)
  • Dr. Maria Klawe

    Harvey Mudd College
  • Dr. Stephen S. Tang MBA

    President and CEO
    University City Science Center