Science Committee Passes Waltz Policy to Confront Chinese Research Theft
Washington, June 15, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee unanimously passed the NSF for the Future Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Waltz (R-FL), Haley Stevens (D-MI), Frank Lucas (R-OK), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), as well as amendments sponsored by Rep. Waltz, to make strategic, responsible investments in the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy’s research and technology programs to better compete with the Chinese Communist Party.
“Investments in science and technology truly are drivers of economic growth and are essential if we want to maintain an edge on our greatest adversary, the Chinese Communist Party,” said Rep. Waltz. “For decades, the United States has led the world in science and technology innovation but China is gaining on us in nearly every statistic. As we make these taxpayer investments, we must protect them from wholesale theft by the Chinese Communist Party. My policies will safeguard intellectual property by requiring training, putting more responsibility on grant recipients, and banning malign foreign talent programs.”
Since the creation of the NSF, it has served a unique role in government, supporting basic research, fueling major technological innovations, and training generations of scientists and engineers critical to the economy and national defense of the United States. The NSF for the Future Act authorizes a new technology directorate for strategic investments in applied research.
H.R. 2225, the NSF for the Future Act, doubles NSF research funding to develop the STEM workforce, advance innovative technologies, and protect American research from foreign theft to maintain America’s edge over China.
The bill, along with the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act, are now eligible for consideration on the U.S. House floor.
The committee also included Waltz’s amendments to both bills to:
“We cannot allow the CCP to advance its authoritarianism on the backs of American taxpayer-funded research,” said Rep. Waltz. “We must invest in research and technology if we want to strengthen our economy, maintain our global leadership in science and innovation, and compete with China.”