First published 5 May 2022 on Los Alamos Daily Post
To follow… U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.)… [urged] the Congressional conferees of the Bipartisan Innovation Bill to support National Laboratories and the Department of Energy. Following the Senator’s speech and consideration by the Senate, Luján’s bipartisan motion was passed.
“Our National Labs are a research crown jewel, and countries like China are taking notice of our progress, Luján said. As China works to build out their own national lab network modeled after our DOE labs, inaction would leave the U.S. at risk of being rapidly outpaced,” Luján said.
[Text] of the Senator’s remarks as prepared can be found below:
The Senate-passed US Innovation and Competition Act includes nearly $17 billion to support research, development, and supply chain support at the Department of Energy national laboratories, including key technology areas, such as high-performance computing, advanced energy technologies, artificial intelligence, quantum information science, and advanced manufacturing. The House bill also includes robust support for our national labs.
This strong investment is critical to maintaining and strengthening U.S. competitiveness and security – especially as global R&D expenditures rise in these transformative industries.
Our National Labs are a research crown jewel, and countries like China are taking notice of our progress. In fact, China is working to build out their own national lab network modeled after our DOE labs. Inaction would leave the U.S. at risk of being rapidly outpaced. . . .