Press Release

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Johnson Reacts to President’s FY 2012 Budget Request

By SpaceRef Editor
February 15, 2011
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House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Johnson Reacts to President’s FY 2012 Budget Request
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Washington, D.C., February 15, 2011 -Yesterday, the White House released the FY 2012 budget request, and House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) offered the following statement:

“The President’s approach of making key targeted investments to promote innovation and maintain our economic competitiveness offers a sharp contrast to the arbitrary and short-sighted cuts contained in the Continuing Resolution that the House will be considering this week. In short, the President’s FY 2012 budget will help create a better future for our children, whereas the House Republicans’ Continuing Resolution would take our country in the wrong direction. The President’s budget clearly recognizes the need for continued investment in R&D and in math and science education. We are in a very challenging budgetary environment, but I’m pleased to see that the President’s budget continues to make room for important initiatives at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, as well as substantial funding for DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). The U. S. must be able to not only create new jobs, meet our growing need for energy and reduce carbon emissions, but also establish leadership in these emerging fields. The President’s budget request also provides needed funding for NOAA, NASA, and FAA. As we review the President’s request in more detail, we will need to make sure that the priorities reflected in the budget will provide for a sustainable and productive path forward for each of our important R&D agencies. Other nations are investing heavily in R&D and innovative technologies to improve their economies. I look forward to working with the President and Members on both sides of the aisle who are committed to ensuring that America remains competitive in the coming decades.”

SpaceRef staff editor.