Of Note: Selected Quotations from FYI in 2010

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Publication date: 
6 January 2011

“Despite  the importance of education in [science and math], we have to admit we are  right now being outpaced by our competitors.” – President Barack Obama

“Nearly  every job created in the U.S. over the next ten years will require more math  and science fluency than the average job today.” – John Castellani, President  of the Business Roundtable

“Business  as usual is not a viable option.” – Arun Majumdar, Director of the Advanced  Research Projects Agency – Energy

“We  live in a world where perception often governs instead of the actual  substance.” – Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) on the negative reaction to the  Administration’s human space flight proposal

“As  we’ve said many times, the spread of nuclear weapons is the greatest threat  facing our country.  That is why we are  working to stop their proliferation and eventually to eliminate them.  Until that day comes, though, we will do  everything necessary to maintain our arsenal.” – Vice President Joe Biden

“Do  you agree that [U.S.] manufacturing is in the tank?” – House Commerce, Justice,  Science Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Wolf (R-VA)

“In  short, yes.” – OSTP Director John Holdren when asked if the U.S. will return to  the Moon and send humans to Mars

“You  are proposing surrendering [Gettysburg’s] Little Round Top.” – Rep. John  Culberson (R-TX) when criticizing the Administration’s proposal to cancel  NASA’s Constellation Program and his concerns about foreign human space flight  programs

“I  will never be able to save all the jobs.” – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden  when commenting on NASA’s human space flight proposal

“We  were living a hallucination . . . I don’t think we would have ever gotten  there.” – Administrator Bolden when commenting on NASA previous budgets

“In  some states hairdressers are better regulated than people who perform medical  radiation procedures.” – Sandra Hayden, American Society of Radiologic  Technologists

“It’s  been very unclear up to this point.” – House Energy and Water Development  Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ed Pastor (D-AZ) on the differences  between the work supported by Energy Frontier Research Centers, national  laboratories, Energy Innovation Hubs, and ARPA-E

“I  think what it all comes down to is that we need to invest in people with ideas  who have a passion for science and education and who are broadly gauged in  their views, who have vision, and who have the steadfastness to pursue that  vision.” – National Science Board Chairman Steven Beering

“That’s  what keeps me awake at night.” – National Science Foundation Arden Bement when  describing increasing foreign investment in S&T

“We  will find a solution to this problem.” – NASA Administrator Bolden on the differences  between the Administration and Congress over the agency’s human space flight proposal

“It  was superb.” – House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman James Moran  (D-VA) to US Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt on her testimony

“Frankly,  I think NASA has been starved during several Administrations.” – Senator Kay  Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

“When  it comes to the space program, we are a bipartisan group.” – Senate Commerce,  Justice Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

“It  is astonishing that DOE did not see this coming.” – House Subcommittee on  Investigations and Oversight Chairman Brad Miller (D-NC) on severe shortages of  helium-3

“In  this Congress, in addition to jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, which is a four-letter  word we use all the time, there are four words that describe our agenda. They  are: science, science, science and science.” – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  (D-CA)

“Many  significant pieces of legislation come before this House. We all know that.  But, honestly, I feel strongly that this bill is a big deal and it’s important.  It’s a big deal and important for our country and for this Congress. It’s a big  deal and an important step in leading our Nation’s innovation agenda in the  face of growing global competition. It’s a big deal and important for the  business community, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National  Association of Manufacturers, and the Business Roundtable, which is why they  have been so supportive. It’s a big deal and important to our universities and  our national labs, and it’s a big deal and important to our children and  grandchildren so they will not be the first generation of Americans to inherit  a standard of living lower than their parents.” – House Science and Technology  Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) on the America COMPETES Reauthorization  Bill

“I  believe long-term investment in science and technology, coupled with policies  that reduce tax burdens, streamline Federal regulations, and balance the  Federal budget are very vital for our Nation to remain competitive in the  global marketplace. However, we must also put our fiscal house in order to  ensure that we're not leveraging the future of our children and our  grandchildren.” – House Science and Technology Committee Ranking Member Ralph  Hall (R-TX) on the COMPETES bill

“It's  not everything I wanted. None of us ever get everything we want.” – Rep. Vern  Ehlers (R-MI) on the COMPETES bill

“It  clearly was time to press the reset button.” – OSTP Director Holdren on the  Administration’s human space flight proposal

“This  isn’t the America I would like to see for my grandchildren.” – Norman Augustine  on future foreign competition

“So  what are we doing to revamp our schools to make sure our kids can compete?  What are we doing in terms of research and  development to make sure that innovation is still taking place here in the  United States of America?  What are we  doing about our infrastructure so that we have the best airports and the best  roads and the best bridges?  And how are  we going to pay for all that at a time when we’ve got both short-term deficit  problems, medium-term deficit problems, and long-term deficit problems?  Now, that’s going to be a big debate.  And it’s going to involve us sorting out what  government functions are adding to our competitiveness and increasing  opportunity and making sure that we’re growing the economy, and which aspects  of the government aren’t helping.” – President Obama

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