On 23 September 2010, the National Academies released a new report warning that “America’s ability to compete for quality jobs in the global economy continues to deteriorate, and the nation needs a sustained investment in education and basic research to spur innovation and keep its competitive position from slipping further.” The warning was issued in “Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5,” a report prepared by some of the authors of the influential 2005 report “Rising Above the Gather Storm.”

The new warning was released at a briefing in the United States Capitol Building. On hand for the release were Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Representatives Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Frank Wolf (R-VA). Some members of Congress have said the report provides further reasons to enact legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act of 2007, which is set to expire this year. The America COMPETES Act authorized recommendations from the original Gathering Storm report, but many of these recommendations have not been fully funded.

The new report is available online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12999.


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