To The Congress of the United States:
A passion for discovery and a sense of adventure have always driven
this Nation forward. These deeply rooted American qualities spur our
determination to explore new scientific frontiers and spark our can-do spirit
of technological innovation. Continued American leadership depends on our
enduring commitment to science, to technology, to learning, to research.
Science and technology are transforming our world, providing an age of
possibility and a time of change as profound as we have seen in a century. We
are well-prepared to shape this change and seize the opportunities so as to
enable every American to make the most of their God-given promise. One
of the most important ways to realize this vision is through thoughtful
investments in science and technology. Such investments drive economic
growth, generate new knowledge, create new jobs, build new industries,
ensure our national security, protect the environment, and improve the
health and quality of life of our people.
This biennial report to the Congress brings together numerous elements
of our integrated investment agenda to promote scientific research, catalyze
technological innovation, sustain a sound business environment for research
and development, strengthen national security, build global stability, and
advance educational quality and equality from grade school to graduate school.
Many achievements are presented in the report, together with scientific
and technological opportunities deserving greater emphasis in the coming years.
Most of the Federal research and education investment portfolio enjoyed
bipartisan support during my first Administration. With the start of a new
Administration, I hope to extend this partnership with the Congress across
the entire science and technology portfolio. Such a partnership to stimulate
scientific discovery and new technologies will take America into the new
century well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
The future, it is often said, has no constituency. But the truth is, we must
all be the constituency of the future. We have a duty -- to ourselves, to our
children, to future generations -- to make these farsighted investments in
science and technology to help us master this moment of change and to build a
better America for the twenty-first century.