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Republican-Backed Bill Aims to Address Climate Change and Boost America’s Technological Competitiveness

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Republican-Backed Bill Aims to Address Climate Change and Boost America’s Technological Competitiveness
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The top Republican on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Tuesday introduced comprehensive legislation targeting what he views as “two fundamental challenges” to the United States’ strength and global competitiveness going forward: climate change and foreign countries’ potential to outpace the nation in science and technology.

The Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act, authored by Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., mandates the development of a national S&T strategy with improved coordination between federal agencies and enhanced investments in America’s research funding and facilities. Co-sponsored by 11 House Republicans, the 232-page bill proposes to double basic research funding over the next decade at the Energy Department, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Science and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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