MICHIGAN – Today, Congressman John Moolenaar spoke on the House floor in support of his legislation – the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act – and it was passed by the House with unanimous support.
The legislation directs the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate the federal government’s scientific research in support of sustainable chemistry.
The legislation is a shared effort between Moolenaar and Congressman Dan Lipinski, a Democrat from Illinois. Together, they are the bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus, which was founded in 2017 to promote understanding of chemistry in Congress.
“Chemistry has improved the daily lives of every American. This legislation will help that progress continue by directing the federal government to improve its coordination of sustainable chemistry research. It will bring together the federal government, the private sector, and the scientific community to support groundbreaking research in chemistry and keep our nation at the forefront of innovation,” said Congressman Moolenaar. “I want to thank Congressman Dan Lipinski and all of our colleagues for their support of this crucial scientific legislation.”
The House legislation now goes to the Senate, where it also enjoys bipartisan support. Earlier this year, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the same legislation in the Senate, where it was passed by a Senate committee on Nov. 13.