From: The Honorable Bill Foster
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Bill: H.R. 1398
Date: 5/2/2016

Cosponsor the American Innovation Act
Supported by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, The Science Coalition, the IBM Corporation, Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Task
Force on American Innovation
Dear Colleague,
I invite you to join me in investing in America’s future by cosponsoring H.R. 1398, the
American Innovation Act.
The American Innovation Act renews our commitment to innovation with steady growth in federal investment in basic research in science and technology. Since World War II, these investments have helped the U.S. lead the world in new innovations, grow
the economy, create millions of jobs, and provide critical advancements to our national security. Sustained support for research sent a man to the moon, created Google, and sequenced the human genome.
However, federal R&D funding in the U.S. has been lagging in recent decades. Between 1960 and 1980, federal R&D spending as a share of GDP averaged 1.52% per year. However, federal R&D investments now average just under 0.8% per year. This steady decline
has led to a cumulative $1.5 trillion research investment deficit.
Meanwhile, China’s research intensity (spending as a percent of GDP) has increased sharply since the 1990s—if this trend continues, China will surpass the U.S. in a little over five years.
This bill would protect American competitiveness by increasing funding at a rate of GDP-indexed inflation plus five percent for cutting edge scientific research programs by lifting the budget caps on:
  • Department of Energy Office of Science,
  • National Science Foundation,
  • Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs,
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Science Directorate, and
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Scientific and Technical Research.
I hope you will join me in defending America’s place as a leader in scientific progress and sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 1398, the
American Innovation Act. For more information or to be added as a cosponsor, please contact Samantha Warren in my office at
Bill Foster
Member of Congress