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Press Release: Foster Speaks in Favor of the Office of Technology Assessment

Jul 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) spoke on the U.S. House floor in support of an amendment that would provide $2.5 million to the Office of Technology Assessment. The amendment was offered as a part of H.R. 3219, FY2018 Appropriations Bill.

“The office of Technology Assessment would help us confront some of the challenging issues we now face, including opioid and heroin crisis and drug resistant bacteria,” Foster said. “Its work helped Congress save money well above the cost of its operation. It’s time to reopen the Office of Technology Assessment to better prepare Congress to account for emerging technologies in the legislative process and allow us to make informed policy decisions that benefit our constituents and the nation.”

The Office of Technology Assessment was established in 1972. It provided relevant and nonpartisan technical and scientific assessments to Members of Congress and staff, especially on issues related to future technologies and innovations. It was defunded in 1995.

Video of the Congressman’s remarks are available here.