Jun 13, 2016

Three Months In, the House Considers Two More Innovation Initiative Bills

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor on two pieces of the Innovation Initiative, H.R. 5312, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Modernization Act, and H.R. 5049, the NSF Major Research Facility Reform Act.

Full remarks are below or watch online here.

“I thank the gentleman for yielding.

“Mr. Speaker, the Innovation Initiative is about two things: enabling innovation in the private sector and bringing innovation into government. It has now been three months since we started the Innovation Initiative. In that time we’ve met with innovators at the forefront of both of our missions.

“Today in the House, we are focused on harnessing innovation for the public good. Just moments ago we passed Representative Darin LaHood’s (IL-18) bill to advance networking and information technology research and development. And now we are considering Barry Loudermilk’s (GA-11) reform of the National Science Foundation. Basic research and development investment is important as we strive to remain at the cutting edge of technologies that will offer Americans a happier and healthier life.

“But when the integrity of such efforts at public institutions is compromised—as happened with a major NSF facility that experienced massive cost overruns last year—it calls into question the entire model. So this bill will makes changes to our research facilities to make them operate with transparency and accountability. 

“When you look across our government, you can see inefficiencies, a lack of accountability, and practices and policies that just don’t make sense. That’s bad for the workers. It’s bad for businesses. And most importantly, it’s bad for America.

Here in the House, we aren’t accepting the status quo. If it doesn’t make sense, we’re getting rid of it. If it’s holding back innovation, we’re changing it.

“Mr. Speaker, we will surely consider more pieces of the Innovation Initiative in the weeks and months to come. Unleashing the power of innovation, we will ensure American leadership now and in the future.

“I yield back.”