Committee Adopts Rep. Posey’s Amendments to Strengthen Research Opportunities for COVID Affected Americans

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved two amendments offered by Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) to strengthen research opportunities for American higher education institutions and researchers that have been impacted by economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Committee considered legislation to provide COVID relief to the scientific community through grants from the National Science Foundation.

“Nearly 65% of U.S. Citizens who pursued a graduate degree in STEM took out loans yet are now faced with hardship in advancing their studies and careers due to the pandemic,” said Congressman Posey.

“These amendments will ensure that federal research dollars are set aside specifically to help American higher education research institutions and American students and researchers rather than funding research outside the United States or international researchers.”

The Committee approved Posey’s Amendments with bipartisan support, which were incorporated into H.R. 144, the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act, legislation to authorize grant programs aimed at researchers who are just starting out.

Posey said that over the years we have substituted American talent with global talent, and because of the pandemic, we risk falling even further behind in cultivating our STEM talent.