Millennial Action Project praises the post-partisan policymaking and collaboration demonstrated by a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives and Washington’s most ideologically disparate think tanks. On July 22, 2014, the House passed bipartisan bill HR 5120 Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014.
The bill is based in part on Turning the Page: Reimaging the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy, a policy report produced by the Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI), the Heritage Foundation and the Center for American Progress (CAP). Matthew Stepp, Executive Director of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and Policy Adviser for Millennial Action Project, was a driving force behind this bill’s collaborative efforts.
H.R. 5120, co-sponsored by Future Caucus Member Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and several others, seeks to improve management of the National Laboratories, enhance technology commercialization and facilitate public-private partnerships that encourage economic and job growth. It’s also the companion bill to the America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973) sponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and introduced earlier this year.