Feenstra named Republican leader of the House Research and Technology Subcommittee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., the senior member of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, on Friday named U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, the Republican leader and ranking member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee.

“I am honored to be named the Republican leader of the Research and Technology Subcommittee. Over the past few years, we have witnessed incredible advances in science and technology that have improved the lives of millions and spurred economic growth in Iowa and across the country. From precision agriculture and biofuels development to energy independence and fair trade, technological innovation and cutting-edge research touch every sector of our economy and help us compete with growing threats from China and of Russia,” Feenstra said in a published statement.

He added that Iowa’s farmers, energy producers and developers, and colleges and universities play a vital role in shaping a better future.

“I have always worked to ensure Northwest Iowa has a strong voice on the full committee. This is what the people of Iowa deserve,” he said. “I am ready to get to work and deliver results for our thriving agriculture and biofuels industry, our renowned colleges and universities, and the hundreds of thousands of people who call northwest Iowa home. There is so much we can accomplish together, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to push the boundaries and make the impossible possible.

Lucas explained why he made Feenstra a ranking member of the subcommittee.

“During his tenure on the Scientific Committee, Representative Feenstra has already shown leadership on critical issues and drafted legislation to help protect our research from foreign theft, expand biofuel research and development, and improve bioengineering. He understands that innovative science and technology are essential to growing America’s economy and keeping us ahead of threats from adversaries like the Chinese Communist Party. I’m excited to have him lead our research and technology subcommittee,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., the outgoing ranking member of the subcommittee, said he plans to work with Feenstra as he transitions into the role.

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“I am grateful to Ranking Member Lucas for providing me the opportunity to lead the Republicans on the Research and Technology Subcommittee since last year and I look forward to working with Ranking Member Congress Feenstra as he becomes the newest ranking member of the subcommittee,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Committee to further protect our research enterprise, intellectual property, and strengthen technological advancements and STEM education.”

In his first year on the Space, Science and Technology Committee, Feenstra introduced two amendments – the Foreign Malicious Talent Act and the Advancing IoT for Agriculture Act. Agriculture – to the National Science Foundation for the Future Act to prevent intellectual property theft, expand the reach of precision agriculture technology, and keep taxpayer-funded research out of the hands foreign spies. Both were adopted by the full committee.

Feenstra also helped introduce the Rural STEM Education Research Act, which would provide grants to non-profit organizations or higher education institutions for research and development to advance STEM education. in rural schools. It was passed by the US House of Representatives last May with broad bipartisan support.

The Research and Technology Subcommittee has jurisdiction over matters relating to science policy and education, academic research policy, nanotechnology, agricultural research, patent policy and intellectual property, international trade technology, surface and water transportation research, and voting technologies and standards among many others. problems.