Endless Frontier Act includes legislation to strengthen U.S.
bioeconomy, support researchers impacted by pandemic
Washington (May 12, 2021) -- Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)
today applauded the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s
bipartisan passage of his legislation, the Bioeconomy Research and
Development Act and the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE)
Act, as well as language from his Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced
Manufacturing Networks Act of 2021, as part of the Endless
The Bioeconomy Research and Development Act would
strengthen America’s bioeconomy by establishing an initiative and interagency
committee to advance and coordinate independent engineering biology efforts
across federal agencies. The RISE Act authorizes federal science
agencies to provide support to U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the
pandemic as most research has been delayed due to closures of campuses and
laboratories. The text from the Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced
Manufacturing Networks Act of 2021 that was included in the Endless
Frontier Act would include clean technology manufacture, development, and
deployment as a priority for determining grants to eligible consortia.
“Massachusetts is home to some of the greatest research minds and
institutions in the world,” Senator Markey said. “The last year has taught us the importance
of investing in our research and researchers as we have confronted the gravest
threat to public health in a century and developed life-saving treatments and
vaccines in record time. Today’s committee passage of my bills is critical to
supporting the hundreds of thousands of workers in the research field and will
ensure that the United States continues our global scientific leadership.”
The Bioeconomy Research and Development Act
originally introduced last year and passed out of the Senate Commerce, Science,
and Transportation Committee, was reintroduced
in April, alongside Senators Kirsten
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V).
The RISE Act was marked up
and approved by the Senate Commerce Committee in September 2020. In February
2021, the bipartisan co-leads, Senators Markey, Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Gary
Peters (D-Mich.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced the legislation.
The Consortia-Led Energy and
Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act of 2021 was reintroduced by Senator
Markey and Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) in April 2021.