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February 26, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Floor Statement on HR 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

I rise today in strong support of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores a year ago, researchers across the nation and across many fields of science and engineering jumped into action. The nation’s STEM talent redirected brainpower and resources to combating the pandemic, and thanks in large part to these efforts, we now have some positive news about our fight against COVID.

However, important scientific work remains to be done in this effort.

The Science Committee provisions included in this package direct funding through the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology for vital research related to prevention, response, and recovery from COVID-19.

I want to thank my colleagues across the House for their work on this important rescue package, and urge its adoption.