President Obama's time in office has been distinguished by bold action; on the great challenges facing our nation, the President has shown tremendous leadership.
In his inspirational Inaugural Address, President Obama promised to 'restore science to its rightful place.' Today, the President reiterated that commitment at the National Academy of Sciences, with concrete steps to restore America's leadership in innovation, discovery, and growth.
In the last two years, Congress has enacted comprehensive innovation legislation, put America on a path doubling funding for basic scientific research, and established an Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) to encourage high-risk, high-reward clean energy research. We know that science has the potential create jobs, strengthen our economy, and even save the planet.
Investments in science are investments in the future strength of our nation. That is why the Congress will work with the President to ensure that science continues to be a top priority.