Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendments to H.R. 3547, Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Actby Representative Chaka Fattah
Posted on 2014-01-15
FATTAH. I thank the gentleman. I want to thank the chairman and
ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee.
Madam Speaker, I want to speak in support of the underlying matter, the appropriations bill. There is a lot that I could say, a lot of progress that we have made on a number of issues; but I want to, at this moment, talk in particular about the investments we are making in science and innovation.
The World Economic Forum says that the American economy is an innovation-driven economy; and throughout this appropriations bill at NASA, at NIHS, in terms of our Federal laboratories and across our whole spectrum of activities including DARPA and others, we are making significant investments.
I want to say that working with Chairman Wolf over the last three bills that we have moved through this floor and through the process, we have launched a high-priority research effort on neuroscience or brain research, and we have added to that each year. This bill is no exception. We have worked now in this legislation to internationalize this collaboration in important ways because the E.U. and others have launched similar initiatives in terms of understanding the complexities related to human brain diseases and disorders therein. So I thank the chair and the ranking member.