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Council Chairman Testifies before House Science Committee

March 6, 2019

Council Chairman Mehmood Khan today will testify before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on the importance of U.S. competitiveness in science and technology. Dr. Khan, who currently serves as the vice chairman and chief scientific officer of global research and development for PepsiCo, joins Council executive committee member Patrick Gallagher, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, and Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

“Given the profound impact of science and technology on U.S. prosperity, standards of living, national security, modern society and geopolitical standing, every American should be concerned with the nation’s ability to lead in science, technology and innovation,” said Dr. Khan.

The testimony coincides with the release of a new online survey conducted by Hart Research and Echelon Insights which found that 88 percent of voters believe it’s important for the federal government to fund science and technology research, and 75 percent would feel more favorable toward a congressional candidate who supports increasing funding.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 2:00pm at 2318 Rayburn House Office Building and is open to the public. It can be live-streamed here, and the full written testimonies will be made available at the conclusion of the hearing.

For media inquiries, please contact: Katie Sarro ([email protected] or 202-383-9507).


About the Council on Competitiveness

For more than three decades, the Council on Competitiveness (Council) has championed a competitiveness agenda for the United States to attract investment and talent and spur the commercialization of new ideas. While the players may have changed since its founding in 1986, the mission remains as vital as ever—to enhance U.S. productivity and raise the standard of living for all Americans.

The members of the Council—CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national lab directors—represent a powerful, nonpartisan voice that sets aside politics and seeks results. By providing real-world perspective to policymakers, the Council’s private sector network makes an impact on decision-making across a broad spectrum of issues—from the cutting- edge of science and technology, to the democratization of innovation, to the shift from energy weakness to strength that supports the growing renaissance in U.S. manufacturing. The Council firmly believes that with the right policies, the strengths and potential of the U.S. economy far outweigh the current challenges the nation faces on the path to higher growth and greater opportunity for all Americans.

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