HR 5685: Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act of 2020

The legislation would create a long-term strategy for investment in basic research and infrastructure to safeguard American scientific leadership and address climate change.  It aims to tackle two challenges: competition for global scientific leadership that the US is facing from China, which has expanded public R&D funding by more than 50 percent between 2011 and 2016, and climate change. 

The bill would double federal investments in basic research over the next ten years at the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The bill would also authorize investments in research infrastructure and support “an increase in key programs to grow the American pipeline of STEM-capable workers.”