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5 Jun 2000

"If current trends persist, our nation may begin to fall far short of the talent needed to spur the innovation process that has given America such a strong economy and high quality of life."
-- Neal Lane, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

It is well recognized that America's prosperity is due in large measure to its technological prowess. A White House report warns that this might not continue without stronger programs to augment the nation's science, technology, and engineering workforce.

5 Sep 2000

Last Friday, President Clinton delivered a 3,400 word address at Georgetown University explaining his decision not to move ahead with the deployment of a limited National Missile Defense (NMD) system. In addition to diplomatic issues and other considerations, the President discussed the operational effectiveness of the proposed system. Selections from his speech follow.

21 Jul 2000

Test Amendment Last week, the Senate voted 52-48 against an amendment offered by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), to require "operationally- realistic testing against countermeasures for national missile defense." This amendment to the defense authorization act was supported by all Senate Democrats and three Republicans: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and James Jeffords of Vermont.

9 Feb 2000

Before a standing-room-only audience gathered at the White House Conference Center on Monday, Neal Lane, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, lauded the Clinton's Administration FY 2001 S&T budget request. Describing it as "a historic science and technology budget," and the occasion as "not an experience often had," Lane outlined the Administration's request for a 7%, or close to $3 billion, increase in the 21 Century Research Fund.

27 Jan 2000

President Clinton, speaking to an audience at the California Institute of Technology on January 21, presented a proposal for significantly increasing science and technology funding in the FY 2001 budget (see FYI #8). His speech drew immediate and encouraging reactions from both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Science Committee.

12 Jan 2000

On January 5, the White House released a 71-page report entitled, "A National Security Strategy for a New Century." This report is required by a Defense Department reorganization law passed in 1986. The document preface states "we are pursuing a forward- looking national security strategy for the new century. This report...sets forth that strategy. Its three core objectives are: To enhance America's security. To bolster America's economic prosperity. To promote democracy and human rights abroad."

13 Jan 1998

PRESIDENT CLINTON ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The President's January 10 Radio Address focused on science and technology, with particular attention to human cloning. On the broader issue of federal support for science he stated: "For five years I have maintained our nation's solid commitment to scientific research and technological development, because I believe they're essential to our nation's economic growth and to building the right kind of bridge to the 21st century. The balanced budget I will submit in just a few weeks to Congress reflects that continued commitment.

9 Jan 1998

In a little more than three weeks, President Clinton sends his FY 1999 budget request to Congress. This will be a year unlike any since 1971, as the President's proposed budget will balance. Remarkably, there is talk of future budget surpluses. These developments set a new climate for science and technology spending for the fiscal year starting on October 1.


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