Alexander Statement on Passage of the Bingaman-Alexander Budget Amendment

Posted on March 13, 2008

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today released the following statement regarding passage of the Bingaman-Alexander amendment to the FY09 Budget Resolution: “This is an example of members of this chamber working together on an important matter and getting a good result by making sure that we stay on the path to doubling our basic science funding over the next decade. It makes room for us to meet the president’s number to keep our investments in science and technology so we can keep our brainpower advantage and keep our jobs from going overseas. This is one good way to help advance a pro-growth plan that will help balance the family budget.” The Bingaman-Alexander amendment would add $600 million to the General Science, Space and Technology portion of the Budget Resolution, creating room for Congress to fully fund the President’s FY09 request for the Office of Science and the National Science Foundation. This amendment provides the funds necessary to stay on track with the goals of the America COMPETES Act of 2007, was signed into law by President Bush on August 9, 2007. Alexander was both the Republican manager of debate on this legislation and the lead Senate Republican conferee during final negotiations on the bill with the House of Representatives. The America COMPETES Act focuses on two primary areas of importance to maintaining and improving U.S. innovation in the 21st century: increasing research investment; and strengthening educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from elementary through graduate school. The amendment passed by voice vote. ###