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By U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Science and technology are at the core of America’s ability to compete in an increasingly globalized economy, as well as to solve 21st century challenges like energy independence, biotechnology, communications, and healthcare.
With the U.S. economy still in recovery, the issue of America’s long-term competitiveness is more critical than ever.We must ensure we have sustained economic growth and a strong supply of private sector jobs to employ the next generation of American workers.
According to the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 report, U.S. leadership in research and development (R&D) and technological innovation is declining. If this trend continues, we risk forfeiting our global leadership in technological development to other nations.