Comments by Joseph S. Francisco, Ph.D.
President, American Chemical Society
“We are delighted by President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2011 and his Administration’s sustained commitment to science and technology. Investments in basic research, education, and energy technologies are exactly the kind of bold and decisive action our country needs to ensure America’s continued competitiveness.
“The President’s proposal to increase non-defense R&D allocations is a clear recognition that investments in agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Institute of Standards and Technology spur U.S. innovation and competitiveness and help build a stronger and more vibrant economy. It is incredibly important that we keep sending the signal to our brightest young minds that investing in science and technology is a national priority.
“In a further demonstration of his commitment to fostering future generations of scientists and innovators, the President is proposing new investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at the Department of Education. We also commend his plan to allow states to compete for additional funding through the STEM-focused Race to the Top initiative.
“We call upon the leadership of the House and Senate to work cooperatively with the President to achieve these goals so important to keeping our country strong in the face of tough economic times. We look forward to working with them to make that happen.”