May 24, 2021

National Strategy to Ensure American Leadership (SEAL) Act Introduced

National Strategy to Ensure American Leadership (SEAL) Act Introduced

New legislation was introduced into the senate by Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to ensure U.S. leadership in discovery and innovation and to strengthen the United States’ competitive edge against China and across the global economy. The National Strategy to Ensure American Leadership (SEAL) Act, requests that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identify the top emerging science and technology challenges and provide recommendations to warrant the United States remains competitive and secure in the global economy. 

“Having a forward-looking view of how we prioritize federal research investment is critical for our national and economic security,” said Blunt. “Countries like China are pouring state resources into research fields, especially emerging technologies, that target key U.S. economic sectors. This bill will help ensure we are making strategic investment decisions that keep us ahead of the curve and allow us to maintain our competitive edge in innovation.”

The bill comes at a time when nations across the world are increasing their research capabilities. In 1960, the United States contributed to 69% of global research and development investments, but by 2018, the U.S. accounted for just 27.6% of investments. The National SEAL Act will ensure that America safeguards its role as a leader in science and innovation.

“To create more good-paying jobs and further sharpen our ability to compete in a rapidly changing global economy, the United States must stay at the forefront of innovation and technology. What’s more, we cannot afford to sit idly by as the Chinese government implements its plan to seek dominance in certain key technologies as part of its strategy to expand its influence and export its authoritarian model around the world. We must work urgently to not only identify and address areas where we’re falling behind but also establish a technology blueprint for the future. This bipartisan legislation will help do just that, and I look forward to working together with Senator Blunt to pass this common-sense proposal,” said Senator Van Hollen.

The National SEAL Act is endorsed by the American Astronomical Society, the American Mathematical Society, the Carnegie Institution for Science, CTIA, the National Photonics Initiative, and TechNet.

“Our nation’s prosperity and security have been built on the foundation of our longstanding scientific excellence,” said Eric D. Isaacs, President of the Carnegie Institution for Science. “The National SEAL Act will be an important step toward strengthening this country’s global leadership in science and technology and building new generations of exceptional American scientists.”