Alexander, Bingaman Praise National Academies Report

Will Introduce Legislation Based On Recommendations

Posted on October 12, 2005

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today applauded the work of the National Academies upon release of its report titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future.” The report, authored by a committee led by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine, was prepared in response to a call from Senators Alexander and Bingaman to identify specific steps the U.S. can take to compete and prosper in the global economy of the twenty-first century. It covers areas including education, research and economic policy. “Nearly half of U.S. jobs since World War II and much of our high standard of living are the result of American advances in science and technology,” Alexander said. “Sen. Bingaman and I asked the National Academies to identify a small number of concrete steps the United States should take during the next decade to maintain our advantage in science and technology in a much more competitive world. They took our request seriously and we will take their recommendations seriously beginning with our hearing on October 18.” “This report shines a spotlight on the fact our country is losing its competitive edge in the global marketplace. But the news is not all bad. Clearly there are steps we can take to regain our competitiveness, and the recommendations outlined in this comprehensive report give us a good place to start. I look forward to the Senate Energy Committee hearing scheduled to delve into this report, and to working closely with Senator Alexander on legislation to keep our nation competitive,” Bingaman said. Senators Alexander and Bingaman, co-chairs of the Senate Science and Technology Caucus, plan to introduce legislation based on recommendations in the report in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) will chair a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to discuss some of the recommendations in the report. Alexander and Bingaman plan to attend. The report, a joint effort of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, can be viewed at www.nationalacademies.org.