Washington DC – Today, Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX), along with several GOP Committee members, sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, offering recommendations on areas within the Committee’s jurisdiction.

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote:

“Like you, we recognize the necessary task of controlling our nation’s ballooning deficit and getting our citizens back to work.  We also understand that the long term health of our country depends on our global competitiveness and the ability to continue to innovate.  With that in mind, we are recommending over $1.5 billion in savings in FY12 alone.  We believe that the attached recommendations prioritize research and development programs that protect our national security and leadership, allow private investors and the marketplace to thrive without undue Federal influence, and have the most potential for sustained long-term growth.”

Along with Chairman Hall, the following Committee Republicans signed the letter: Vice Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI), Rep. Lamar Smith (TX), Rep. Judy Biggert (IL), Rep. Todd Akin (MO), Rep. Michael McCaul (TX),  Investigations and Oversight Subcommitte Chairman Paul Broun (GA), Space and Aeronautics Subcommitte Chairman Steven Palazzo (MS), Research and Science Education Chairman Mo Brooks (AL),  Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Andy Harris (MD), and Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL).

A full copy of the letter can be found HERE