American Chemical Society celebrates Congressional Chemistry Caucus launch

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) congratulates Reps. John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Dan Lipinski, Ph.D., (D-IL) on yesterday’s launch of the bipartisan Congressional Chemistry Caucus. ACS, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) worked with the congressmen to establish the caucus, which will help inform members of Congress, their staffs and the public about chemistry’s benefits for society and the economy.

Reps. Moolenaar and Lipinski, caucus co-chairs, have considerable experience with science and technology. They both serve on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In addition, Moolenaar holds a degree in chemistry, while Lipinski has a degree in mechanical engineering.

“We pledge to work with our colleagues in the chemistry enterprise and members of the caucus to advance responsible and balanced policy to help facilitate the growth of the chemistry enterprise and boost investment in federal research and development, foster innovation, improve STEM  education, facilitate advanced manufacturing and protect the environment,” said ACS Executive Director and CEO Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D., at the kickoff event, which took place from 5 to 7 p.m. EDT at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. “Chemistry is the central science that is unlocking solutions to global challenges, and our members are those global solution providers.”

The congressmen and Connelly were joined by ACC CEO Calvin M. Dooley and NACD President Eric R. Byer at the launch event.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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