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IEEE-USA commends Senators Ensign, Lieberman for introducing 'National Innovation Act of 2005'

IEEE-USA

IEEE-USA commends Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) for introducing the "National Innovation Act of 2005" today on Capitol Hill. The legislation includes provisions that will strengthen U.S. competitiveness in the 21st Century.

The "National Innovation Act" responds to recommendations in the National Innovation Initiative Report "Innovate America," published by the Council on Competitiveness in 2004. The Act focuses on three primary areas: increasing investment in basic research; improving science and technology talent; and developing a robust innovation infrastructure.

The legislation would, among other things, establish a President's Council on Innovation; make permanent the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit; nearly double research funding for the National Science Foundation by FY 2011; authorize funding for new and existing Professional Science Master's Degree Programs; and encourage the development of regional clusters of technology innovation.

For a summary of the legislation, go to http://lieberman.senate.gov/documents/bills/051215niasummary.doc

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of the more than 220,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of the IEEE. IEEE-USA is part of the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society with 360,000 members in 150 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ieeeusa.org.

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