by Nicolas Loris
The Heritage Foundation
January 30, 2014
Senators Chris Coons (D–DE) and Marco Rubio (R–FL) recently introduced the America Implementing New National Opportunities to Vigorously Accelerate Technology, Energy and Science (INNOVATES) Act, which would promote technology development at the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories. For far too long, DOE has attempted to use taxpayer money to drive technologies all the way to the market, crippling the role of entrepreneurs and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars in the process. Instilling market reforms, as the INNOVATES Act does, would create a seamless pathway for private innovators to transition the basic research at America’s national labs to commercial success stories, driving job creation and economic growth.

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