COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2020; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 106
(Extensions of Remarks - June 24, 2019)

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 COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 
                                  2020

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                               speech of

                     HON. C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER

                              of maryland

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 19, 2019

  Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Madam Chair, I support the need to increase 
federal investment in quantum information science at the National 
Science Foundation (NSF).
  Within the Research and Related Activities account at NSF, I strongly 
support an increase of $135 million above the fiscal year 2019 level 
for Quantum Information Science, as authorized in the National Quantum 
Initiative Act.
  This emerging field of science promises to yield revolutionary new 
approaches to computing, sensing and communication. NSF should remain 
committed to developing and supporting systems that facilitate 
tremendous leaps in computational simulation, including artificial 
intelligence, storage, quantum computing, and data analyses that enable 
a broad range of scientific research. In following the intent of the 
National Quantum Initiative Act, I would hope the NSF would dedicate no 
less than $85 million for Principal Investigator-led Quantum Research 
and $50 million for five NSF National Quantum Initiative Centers at $10 
million per center.
  Quantum Information Science is critical to our nation's economy and 
national security. With increased federal investment, we can accelerate 
the development of real-world applications in areas such as 
infrastructure, climate change, cybersecurity, medicine, 
communications, financial services and transportation. The country most 
advanced in quantum science and technology will reap huge economic 
gains and enjoy a national security advantage. The University of 
Maryland College Park, which I proudly attended, is home to a thriving, 
unparalleled quantum hub. With more than 175 researchers on-site, 
connections to government and industry laboratories, and a vast global 
research network, Maryland scientists are leading the charge toward a 
quantum future. This funding is critical to the state of Maryland, to 
continued U.S. leadership in this important field, and to our future.
  I would hope to work together to discuss a path forward to this 
increased investment in Quantum Information Science.

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