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ASME Praises Call for Commitment to Education and Innovation
February 3, 2011

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently praised President Obama’s call for a renewed focus on education and innovation issues, as he stated in the recent State of the Union address. The Society reiterated its commitment to working with Congress and the Administration in the coming year to help inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to meet the technological challenges of tomorrow.

ASME President Robert T. Simmons observed: “In order to maintain U.S. global leadership in research and technology, it is critical that America confronts its challenges in energy, job creation, and global competitiveness head on. Therefore, we must act now to equip our young people and our nation’s innovators with the science and engineering tools necessary to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.”

Mr. Simmons also reiterated ASME’s call for Congress to honor the recently passed America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, as well as provide for a permanent extension of the research and development tax credit. ASME is a long-time supporter of the America COMPETES Act, working with Congress to support two bipartisan authorizations of the act, which lays out strong mandates for investments in science research and education.

“These investments will catalyze the growth and innovation critical to American competitiveness abroad, while helping to create high-paying jobs here in the U.S.” Mr. Simmons concluded.

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