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To secure the economic health and prosperity of the United States as the next century approaches, our national investment in research must be strengthened. The increased competitiveness of the global economy makes such an investment even more important now than in the past. To that end, we call upon the U.S. Congress and the Administration to double the current level of federal investment in research within the next 10 years, starting with fiscal year 1999.
Our nation has developed a dynamic, comprehensive, interdependent research system that has enabled the United States to assume global leadership and enjoy a high standard of living. The research efforts of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, and Transportation; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Institutes of Health; the National Science Foundation and others have provided countless scientific and technological innovations that have formed the foundation for our nation's prosperity.
Even during this time of extraordinary economic growth, it must not be forgotten that tomorrow's health, economic, environmental, and national security needs depend on the choices that are made today. As leaders of the science, engineering and mathematics communities, we maintain that doubling the nation's research budget during a 10-year period strikes a responsible balance between near-term fiscal goals and long-term economic growth and productivity.
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