Ranking Member Johnson’s Statement on the President’s FY2017 Budget Request

Feb 9, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) offered the following statement after the release of the President’s FY2017 Budget.

“As in past years, the President’s Budget will help ensure that the U.S. can compete in a 21st Century global economy and solidify America’s place as a scientific and technological leader. The investments in the full range R&D and STEM including advanced manufacturing research, prioritizing basic research, investing in clean transportation and civil space activities, and education programs like Computer Science for All are truly ‘investments to help us meet our greatest challenges not only for the year ahead, but for decades to come.’

“I am pleased by so many of the R&D, innovation, and education provisions in this budget. From the investment in Mission Innovation, a proposal to double federal investment in clean energy research and development, to the Cybersecurity National Action Plan, a multi-faceted plan to strengthen the Nation’s cybersecurity, to the Climate Action Plan, the President is proposing initiatives to help us tackle the major issues we face such as climate change, energy security, and cyber threats.

“I look forward to reviewing the specific budget requests of the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Committee in more detail in the weeks ahead. Though I know that it is unrealistic to hope that the President’s Budget will be fully accepted by Congress, I do hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will give it a fair look and that we can come to agreement on some of these provisions. We must work to ensure that America remains a leader in science and technology in the decades to come to help us drive innovation and maintain our economic growth.”