H.Res. 815 (112th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Federal laboratories have been and continue to be ...

...on the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancement and supporting the designation of 2013 as the “Year of the Fede

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Nov 16, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 815

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 16, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Hultgren) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Federal laboratories have been and continue to be on the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancement and supporting the designation of 2013 as the Year of the Federal Lab.

Whereas a Federal laboratory is defined as any laboratory, federally funded research and development center, or center that is owned, leased, or otherwise used by a Federal agency and funded by the Federal Government;

Whereas the national network of Federal laboratories should be commended for the unique role they have had in countless innovations and advances in the areas of environment, health, national security, and the basic sciences;

Whereas technological progress is responsible for up to half the growth of the United States economy and is the principal driving force behind long-term economic growth and increases in our standard of living;

Whereas federally supported research and development has led to new products and processes for the commercial marketplace, including antibiotics, plastics, airplanes, computers, microwaves, and bioengineered drugs;

Whereas Federal laboratories frequently partner with State and local governments and regional organizations to transfer technology to the private sector;

Whereas earning prestigious national and international awards for their research and technology transfer efforts, Federal laboratories lead the way in cutting-edge science and technology;

Whereas the innovations that are produced at the Nation’s Federal laboratories fuel economic growth by creating new industries, companies, and jobs;

Whereas since the United States global leadership and national security is dependent on innovation and new industries, the work of the Nation’s network of Federal laboratories is essential to the Nation’s continued prosperity; and

Whereas 2013 would be an appropriate year to designate as the Year of the Federal Lab: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

supports the designation of the Year of the Federal Lab in celebration of all of the work and accomplishments of the national network of Federal laboratories;

(2)

recognizes that one key to maintaining United States innovation and competitiveness in a global economy is to continue to support federally sponsored research and development;

(3)

acknowledges that the knowledge base, technologies, and techniques generated in the Federal laboratory system serve as a foundation for additional commercially relevant efforts in the private sector;

(4)

commits to find ways to increase Federal investment in the network of Federal laboratories in order to increase support of federally sponsored research and development; and

(5)

encourages the laboratories, the executive branch agencies, and Congress to hold educational and outreach events during the Year of the Federal Lab to make the public more aware of the work of the Nation’s network of Federal laboratories.