Dr. Bucshon’s Bill to Reauthorize NIST Passes House, Moves to Senate
Washington, DC, July 22, 2014
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 5035, a bill introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon, a physician and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, which reauthorizes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Dr. Bucshon released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 5035:
“Whether contributing to the technology of the smoke detector or developing X-ray standards for mammograms, NIST has had a substantial impact on our nation’s scientific and technological developments, industry, and economy for over 100 years,” said Bucshon. “This bill implements changes and updates to ensure responsible use of taxpayer funds during tight fiscal times while still maintaining a competitive edge in the United States. NIST is critical to the advancement of the United States technology and scientific industries and I think my colleagues for supporting this legislation.”
President and CEO of the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), Carrie Hines added:
“The American Small Manufacturers Coalition is most appreciative for the recent passage of HR 5035, the NIST Reauthorization Bill of 2014, which includes critical provisions for the sustainable growth of the US based manufacturing industry,” said Hines. “The Manufacturing Extension Partnership program provides valuable services to the nation’s manufacturers and with this bill, the program can continue to retain and grow manufacturing jobs in the US. ASMC is grateful of the leadership and hard work of Representative Bucshon on this effort.”
During House floor debate on H.R. 5035, Dr. Bucshon controlled the floor and managed debate time. That exchange can be accessed here.
H.R. 5035 authorizes $850 million for NIST in Fiscal Year 2014 and $855.8 million in Fiscal Year 2015. The bill adds language to emphasize NIST’s role in advancing our nation’s technological competitiveness and innovation ability and enables more information sharing related to technical standards. Additionally, H.R. 5035 codifies NIST’s outreach and education efforts.
Included in the bill is the reauthorization of the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership (MEP), a program that provides assistance to small, U.S. based manufacturing companies to help identify and adopt new technologies and manufacturing techniques. Purdue serves as the MEP for Indiana and Clabber Girl in Terre Haute is a prime example of the important impact MEP’s have on our economy. This manufacturer of baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch has utilized Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program, which has assisted over 12,000 organizations and trained over 26,000 employees since 1986.