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SIA lauds passing of U.S. law on tech innovations

Posted: 13 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:U.S. tech innovations? U.S. law? America Competes Act?

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) lauded the U.S. government as it enacted into law the America Competes Act (H.R. 2272), a comprehensive innovation legislation aimed at boosting the country's technological and economic advantage.

U.S. President George Bush signed the legislation The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act August 9. Congress approved and passed the legislation to the White House August 2.

"The America Competes Act is a major milestone on the road to enhancing U.S. competitiveness in the global economy," said George Scalise, SIA president.

SIA urged the U.S. Congress to fulfill the promise of this legislation by completing action on the relevant appropriations bills that will double funding for physical science and engineering research at the National Science Foundation, the Office of Science in the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Among other provisions, the 470-page Competes Act authorizes $33.6 billion over three years for education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Under TITLE V - Department of Energy, the Competes Act also authorizes the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy to promote high-risk energy research. The U.S. Energy Department will run the semi-autonomous research agency.

Another important provision in the act is the funding for K-12 STEM education programs at NSF including the Noyce Teacher Scholarship program and the Math and Science Partnerships program. These are aimed to help to prepare new STEM teachers and provide current teachers with content and pedagogical expertise in their area of teaching.

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