Excerpts from the Floor Statement of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Announcing 54 Cosponsors of the Protecting America’s Competitive Edge (PACE) Act

Posted on January 30, 2006

“Other than the War on Terror, there’s nothing more important than finding a way to keep our jobs from going to China and India and other countries. They have figured out how to increase their standard of living, and it has to do with brain power.” “The idea of the PACE Act came not from senators, not from lobbyists, not from this clique or that clique. Last May, Senator Bingaman and I asked the people who should know, the answer to this question: ‘Exactly what do we need to do to keep our advantage in science and technology over the next ten years so we can keep our jobs?’ The National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine joined together to say – ‘Here’s the blueprint.’” “I’m looking forward to the president’s remarks tomorrow night. It is my hope that he makes the Augustine report, the idea of keeping America on top and keeping our edge in science and technology a focus of his speech and a focus of his next three years. I’m proud to announce that we now have 54 cosponsors of this important piece of legislation.” The PACE Act (Senate bills S.2197, S.2198 and S. 2199) implements 20 recommendations contained in an October report by the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Medicine titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm.” There are currently 54 cosponsors of the PACE Act.