Federal Legislation & Congressional Info


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The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a Presidential research and development (R&D) initiative, originally proposed by President Clinton in 2000 and supported by Presidents Bush and Obama. Each year the NNI’s member agencies draft and submit an annual NNI Supplement to the President’s Budget, which includes funding requests for nanotechnology R&D across the NNI participating agencies. Congress then approves or modifies those requests through its Authorization and Appropriation process. Through this process, and over the course of more than a decade since the inception of the NNI, Federal nanotechnology R&D funding has grown from $464 million per year to almost $1.5 billion requested in FY 2015.

The NNI was officially created in 2003 when Congress passed, and President George. W. Bush signed into law, the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, (P.L. 108-153).

Congressional Events and Information

Congress funds nanotechnology research and development and establishes policies formulating the regulation of nano-products and materials. Federal agencies allocate funds and implement nanotechnology-related regulations. 

Congressional hearing activity has involved efforts to change and extend the NNI, as well as budget hearings which included NNI funding. Nanotechnology-related caucus meetings and events are also routinely held on Capitol Hill. Events have included:

May 20, 2014 - Dr. Lloyd Whitman, NNCO Interim Director, testifies before the the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. See the official transcript here.

April 17, 2013 - Statement of Dr. John P. Holdren to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the United States House of Representatives (pdf)

June 20, 2012 - Statement of Dr. John P. Holdren to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology United States House of Representatives (pdf)

February 17, 2012 - Statement of Dr. John P. Holdren to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, on Research and Development in the President's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget (pdf)

April 14, 2011 - Dr. Clayton Teague, NNCO Director, testifies before the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, Committee on Science, Space and Technology, United States House of Representatives for an Oversight on Nanotechnology hearing. See Dr. Teague's official transcript here. View the testimony transcripts from the other participants at the hearing here.

February 17, 2011 -Statement of Dr. John P. Holdren to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Research and Development in the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Congressional Committees
 

Below are the names and links to the key committees and subcommittees that address nanotechnology issues in the U.S. Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate