CJS Bill: Fattah Delivers Federal Investment in Neuroscience Initiative

Jul 17, 2013, 16:59 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consistent with his focus on pushing the Federal government to prioritize its investment in and commitment to neuroscience, in today's Full Committee markup of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies bill, Ranking Member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), with bipartisan support, successfully shepherded $13.8 million in funding to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for new investments in cognitive science and neuroscience research.

These targeted funds are a direct result of the leadership role the NSF has taken with the Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience (IWGN).  Housed within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the IWGN has been directly involved in the Administration's BRAIN Initiative and a key element of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative.

Through its involvement in these initiatives researchers and advocates have heralded the work of the IWGN as significant and groundbreaking in bringing together disparate entities in the Federal government to collaborate on creating breakthroughs that stand to benefit tens of millions of American families. Fattah said, "Today's CJS bill is critical to continuing the work of the IWGN and a testament to my colleague's commitment to science.  When Members of Congress come to together, to work together for the greater good, we make real progress that benefits the nation and American families."

American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO, Alan Leshner, said, "Neuroscience is an important national priority. We applaud funding for NSF to engage in collaborative work on this exciting and vital field of science."

Read more about the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative here.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah