Pelosi, Alexander recognized for leadership promoting US innovation & competitiveness

April 30, 2007

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will receive the 2007 George E. Brown Jr. Science, Engineering and Technology Leadership Award for their prominent roles in ensuring that the United States meet the global competitiveness challenges of the 21st century. Through their enthusiastic support for science, engineering and technology research and education, the congressional leaders have helped Congress understand and act upon the connection between basic research and the U.S. innovation enterprise.

Pelosi and Alexander will be honored at a reception on Capitol Hill on 1 May in connection with the 12th annual Congressional Visits Day.

Pelosi was chosen for leading the House Democrats' Innovation Agenda, which she unveiled in November of 2005. The Innovation Agenda, which follows recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences' Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, proposes concrete measures for an educated and skilled U.S. workforce and revitalized research at U.S. universities and national laboratories. Since announcing the Innovation Agenda, Pelosi has championed its proposals, most notably upon becoming speaker of the 110th Congress, when science research was made one of the few priorities in the Fiscal Year 2007 joint-funding resolution.

Alexander is being recognized for requesting and tirelessly publicizing, with Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Rising Above the Gathering Storm, which has had an immense influence on bringing attention to the issues of U.S. competitiveness and innovation, and the leadership role government needs to play. Alexander has co-sponsored many pieces of legislation, most notably the America COMPETES Act (S.761), which passed the Senate overwhelmingly on 25 April. The bill would codify into law most of the recommendations of the Rising Above the Gathering Storm report.

The award is presented annually by the Science, Engineering and Technology Work Group to members of Congress who are effective advocates of federal science and technology. It is named for the late Rep. George E. Brown Jr., a longtime member of Congress who made outstanding contributions to federal support for science and technology over a long and distinguished career in Congress.

Congressional Visits Day (CVD) is the preeminent event bringing scientists, engineers, researchers, educators and technology executives to Washington to visit their congressional representatives and raise visibility and support for science, engineering and technology. The two-day event (1 & 2 May) is coordinated by a multidisciplinary coalition of companies, professional societies and educational institutions that support science, engineering and technology in academia, government and private industry.
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