Delaware ACS Government Affairs Committee Meets with Senator Carper, Senator Kaufman, and Congressman Castle
John Gavenonis, Delaware Section Councilor
During the last two weeks of February, as part of the National ACS Contact Congress initiative, members of the Delaware ACS Government Affairs Committee (GAC) met with Delaware’s delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The purpose of the meetings was to advocate ACS policy positions in four different areas: (1) Green Chemistry Research and Development Act, (2) global climate change, (3) U.S. patent reform, and (4) science education policy. More information about the Green Chemistry R&D Act can be found in the January 2009 edition of the Del-Chem Bulletin. Public policy statements describing ACS positions on global climate change, patent reform, and STEM education can be found at the ACS website (http://tinyurl.com/acspolicystatements) or by contacting John Gavenonis at [email protected]
On Tuesday, February 17, John Gavenonis, Al Denio, Martha Hollomon, and Narmada Gunawardena met with Senator Ted Kaufman and his State Director, Mr. John DiEleuterio. While Senator Kaufman supports the idea of the Green Chemistry R&D Act, he suspects that further appropriations will be difficult during the 111th Congress because of the size of the stimulus package. Senator Kaufman believes that climate legislation similar to the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act will be introduced, possibly by Senator Kerry. He indicated that President Obama and Secretary of Energy Chu are committed to the goals outlined in the Lieberman-Warner bill. Senator Kaufman supports STEM education, but once again believes that further appropriations will be difficult during the 111th Congress. Regarding patent reform, Senator Kaufman indicated that S.299 (A bill to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges) was introduced by Senator Arlen Specter and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.