Mark Warner on R&D, Newt Gingrich on R&D

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), speaking today to the National Association of Manufacturers, at the “Leadership Luncheon”:

At a time when innovation is the driving force of how we grow economies worldwide, science, research and development have to be at the top of our agenda. Unfortunately, we’ve seen R&D funding in the United States fall to sixth in the world in terms of the percentage of our GDP. Sixth is not high enough. Again, if you look at historic numbers, post WWII, America has always led in its R&D efforts. We’ve seen those efforts cut back in terms of …it’s too often easy enough to cut those efforts in the short term, in the long term we will pay for those cutbacks.

What do we need? Well, we do need more federal efforts in R&D. That does NOT mean that the federal government should be picking technology winners and losers. That should be left to the marketplace. But in terms of basic research the federal government, I believe, should play an increasingly important role.

By coincidence, Newt Gingrich on NPR’s “Morning Edition” this morning:

There are smart things the government should do. I favor, for example, doubling the size of the National Science Foundation. I think it’s absolutely imperative that we make the investment to remain the world’s leader in science and technology.

Senator Warner’s remarks on technologry and R&D were cited in an NAM news release today, “SENATOR WARNER (D-VA) SHARES WITH MANUFACTURERS HIS VISION FOR STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVENESS.”

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