May 20, 2015

Refocusing on the Research that Really Helps

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act:

“In order to maintain our position as the global leader in the 21st century, we must continue to push boundaries, innovate, and move forward. Innovation truly is the story of America’s great rise and the reason for our continued success.

“Government’s role in this task is vital, but also delicate. Government has an appropriate role in supporting basic research that is not yet commercially viable, and federally funded research projects have, for example, supported amazing advancements in the study of diseases, the improvement of new and faster supercomputers, and even the development of an unmanned aerial vehicle to bring wireless communications to disaster areas where telephone access is down.

“Yet it’s clear that certain studies that are irrelevant to national needs or human health should not be supported by taxpayer dollars, especially when there are so many other research projects that could use that money.

“Under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (TX-21), the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee put together the America COMPETES Act to reform how we fund civilian research programs to refocus on basic research in the core physical sciences, biology, engineering, and computer science—exactly where funding can be used most efficiently and effectively. With limited resources, we need to make sure that every dollar is used in the best way possible.”