STATEMENT: KHANNA ON ENDLESS FRONTIER ACT SENATE PASSAGE
Washington, DC – On June 8, 2021, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and lead House sponsor of the Endless Frontier Act, released this statement following the successful passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate:
“Bipartisanship is rare in Washington, but this filibuster-proof vote shows there is wide support, not just from the White House or Congressional Democrats, but from the many Republicans who want to see this vision for America’s innovation future become a reality. I am grateful for Majority Leader Schumer’s steadfast leadership in passing the Endless Frontier Act out of the Senate. This legislation will create millions of jobs in America and ensure we remain the world’s leader in science and technology in the 21st century. I was also pleased to see Chairwoman Haley Stevens’ amendment pass in the Research & Technology Subcommittee markup of the National Science Foundation for the Future Act last month and want to thank her for her leadership. I look forward to more components of the Endless Frontier Act being included in the full House Science Committee markup next week. This legislation will become the law of the land.”
Rep. Khanna first introduced the Endless Frontier Act in the 116th Congress, inspired by the work of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professors Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson. Since then, Rep. Khanna is working with members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to build support for this diverse set of initiatives. Specifically, Rep. Khanna has worked with Subcommittee Chairwoman Haley Stevens to pass part of the Endless Frontier Act as an amendment to the annual National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Future Act and looks forward to additional amendments from House Science members in next week’s markup.
Following today’s successful passage of the Endless Frontier Act in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act package, it is now up to the House to pass this critical legislation. There are multiple avenues for this legislation to become law, but the most likely route is that the bill will go to a conference committee where key House and Senate members will work to reconcile the Senate version with the various components that will pass House.
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About the Office
Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.