National Science Board Concerned About U.S. Innovation Capacity

Arlington, VA, July 16, 2012– “Our nation’s economic growth depends on our capacity to educate, innovate, and build,” says a new report released today by the National Science Board, the governing body of the National Science Foundation.  But between 2008 and 2009, in the midst of the most recent recession, American businesses cut funding for research and development by nearly five percent, or $12 billion. The Board said these cuts coupled with government budget constraints at all levels are reasons for concern.


Top Doctors Reject Virginia Abortion Regulations

Richmond, VA, June 14, 2012 – On a call with reporters today, Dr. James “Jef” Ferguson, chair of the Department of OB/GYN at University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, called the McDonnell administration’s draft permanent regulations of women’s health center that provide first-trimester abortion politically motivated, saying that “arbitrary and capricious decisions like this – in my opinion – have no place in the practice of medical care and disruption that’s occurring…women’s health care should not be politically motivated.”


Women's Health in Jeopardy in Virginia

Richmond, VA, June 11, 2012 – Against medical expert counsel and without public approval, Governor McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on June 15 will push through proposed permanent regulations that may shut down women’s health centers that provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, critical ongoing healthcare, and abortion services to women in Virginia. If approved by the Virginia Board of Health on June 15, the draft permanent regulations move closer to becoming final law, threatening safe and legal affordable abortion available to women in Virginia for almost 40 years.


China's Trade Violations Contribute to Loss of More Than 400,000 Jobs In U.S. Auto Supply Chain, Reports Conclude

1.6 Million More Jobs at Risk from Illegal Subsidies

WTO Violations Threaten Jobs Recovery in U.S. Auto Industry

Washington D.C.— More than 400,000 jobs in the U.S. auto supply chain have been lost since 2000 and another 1.6 million U.S. jobs are at risk unless China's illegal trading practices are curtailed, according to three separate reports released today. 

"Taken together, these three reports show beyond a shadow of a doubt that China's blatant use of illegal government subsidies and a web of predatory trade practices on a massive scale are undercutting companies in the U.S. auto supply chain," said Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a non-profit, non-partisan partnership of leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers.


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