Hollingsworth: Investment in Science Improves American Lives

September 4, 2020

Contact: Katie Webster (202 225 5315)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) joined The Hill’s panel on Science and American Advancement to discuss the importance of American investment in scientific research, in technological advancements, and in talent and innovation to improve lives and compete across the globe.

Click here to listen to Rep. Hollingsworth’s full remarks

Transcribed highlights from the interview:

On American scientific leadership and education:

“We are the technological leaders around the world, but that is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of our choices every single day. Will we continue to do the right things to foster more innovation in this country versus elsewhere? As I’ve said over and over again, it starts with education. Talent and erudition are going to be the key ingredients to technological advancement in the 21st century, and I want to make sure that we have the best education system, whether that is K-12 or higher education, that attracts talent from around the world and raises talent right here in this country. I want to continue to see us lead the world in education so that we can lead the world in technological innovation.”

On the role of Congress:

“Making sure that every committee is focused on this aspect of our competition with our near-peer competitors around the world is hugely important, but also centralizing so much of the information and so much of the funding so that there aren’t redundancies that waste taxpayer money and ensure were are maximizing advantages where we may find them…It is up to Congress to make sure that we are focusing on education and that we are focusing on funding basic research but also that we are creating an environment where there can be dissension and where openly we can criticize conventional wisdom…I think it’s important for us to remember that so that so we have everyone participating in questioning conventional wisdom to be able to make large scale leaps forward and to ensure our advantage today is our advantage tomorrow.”

On making scientific advancements a national priority:

“I think, in everything we are doing and every aspect of our national effort, we need to be focused on how we are advancing ourselves, our people, and, frankly, the entire world technologically. This is hugely important because it underpins so many aspects of our modern life, and it bears the fruit going forward of how we might be able to live even better for all Americans, for all humans across the globe. I want to make sure this is invested in, I want to make sure it’s nurtured, I want to make sure that we recognize the boundaries there of, but, ultimately, I want to make sure it is constantly as the forefront of our minds how we can compete with other countries, how we can compete with ourselves, how we can compete with previous generations to ensure that we live better in every successive generation because we continue to make the advancements necessary.”

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