ICYMI: WEBER GIVES FLOOR SPEECH ABOUT H.R.589, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood), Energy Subcommittee Chairman, spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 589, The Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. This important legislation provides the Department of Energy with policy direction on basic science research, nuclear energy R&D, and research coordination and priorities, as well as important reforms to streamline national lab management.
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“Today, the House passed H.R. 589, The Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act, by unanimous consent. This bipartisan bill prioritizes fundamental research and development programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) allowing America to maintain our nuclear capabilities and continue to develop cutting edge technology here at home. The measure directs DOE to prioritize federal R&D infrastructure that enables the private sector to invest in advance nuclear reactor technologies and provides a clear path forward to attract private investment for prototype development at DOE labs.
I am proud to have my language from H.R. 431, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017, included in this bill as Title IV. Title IV is vital to ensure this important research and development is signed into law. We cannot afford to miss the economic opportunity provided by next generation nuclear technology.”