Washington D.C. – January 19, 2009 - Science and Technology Committee Ranking Member Ralph Hall (R-TX) today issued the following statement discussing the Committee’s agenda for the second session of the 111th Congress:
“This morning Chairman Gordon held a press conference to disclose the Science Committee’s proposed agenda for 2010, along with the Majority’s top legislative priorities. I applaud the Chairman for setting ambitious goals and I share his commitment of reauthorizing NASA in the coming year and ensuring America remains competitive by strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
“Our nation’s space agency is at a critical juncture and Congress must prioritize the funding necessary to achieve its missions. Keeping NASA on track for great achievements will be vital to maintaining America’s leadership role in space, as well as our competitive edge in innovation. I expect a very busy schedule of oversight and legislative hearings along with markups this year as we will also be reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act, legislation aimed at making the U.S. more competitive in the global economy by improving STEM education, as well as bolstering scientific research. The integrity and transparency of scientific research is at the cornerstone of American innovation and competitiveness.
“While overall supportive of our Chairman’s agenda, as Ranking Member one of my primary goals will continue to be ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and efficiently. In the current economy it is imperative that we keep a critical eye toward costs and set priorities that will get the most out of limited taxpayer dollars. I, along with my Republican colleagues on the Committee, will continue to assess legislation that creates new government programs and offer amendments to ensure that Federal programs are cost effective and run in a transparent and efficient manner.”