Hultgren passes bills designed to promote technological innovation
BATAVIA – The U.S. House has passed two bills sponsored by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, designed to promote technological innovation.
The bills, which will head to the U.S. Senate, were passed without opposition. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on June 4 is set to hold hearings on the two bills.
One of the bills is designed to promote the easy transfer of federal research into the private sector to bring to the marketplace. Hultgren said the bill would help ensure discoveries made at national labs, such as Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, do not get stuck there.
“Our national labs have been a primary driver of American innovation since the Manhattan Project, but many of their most important discoveries have been made in the past decade,” Hultgren stated in a news release.
“It is essential we update Cold War-era policies, acknowledge the rapid pace of technological change and improve the labs’ capacity to partner with private enterprise and convert their cutting edge research into marketplace innovation. Research produced at Illinois’ own Fermilab and Argonne has enormous economic potential. Streamlining their tech transfer capabilities will help push the private sector, not government, to spend further resources on promising technologies.”
Fermilab officials said they could not comment on the bill. The second bill is designed to jump start research into high-performance computing technologies to ensure continued American leadership in advanced computing.
“Massive gains in computing power are necessary to meet our national security, scientific and health care needs,” Hultgren stated in the release.