Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Feinstein, Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson,
Innovation has been at the heart of America’s economic strength over the last seventy years. The combination of entrepreneurial spirit and a world-class research ecosystem has produced new technologies and important competitive advantages that continue to create jobs, enhance our security, improve the lives of Americans every day, and provide cleaner energy. Constructive research and development partnerships between the public and private sectors have been especially important in creating the energy abundance we enjoy today. Federally funded energy research, commercialized by the private sector, has a long and storied history of providing enormous returns to taxpayers. As Congress faces the unenviable task of balancing the nation’s financial priorities, we urge the Appropriations Committees to fully support crucial energy research and development programs at the Department of Energy. These programs are key to leveraging America’s unique competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.