Ross Reintroduces Bill to Grant NAI Federal Charter
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after reintroducing his legislation to grant a Federal charter to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI):
"I wholeheartedly believe the key to a successful economy stems from the determination and willpower of hard working people," said Ross. "People who are motivated to innovate and develop new products and technologies or become entrepreneurs produce economic growth and create jobs. Because of the need to foster American innovation, I reintroduced my legislation to grant a federal charter to the NAI. This bill will help today’s inventors throughout District 15 and the United States continue to develop leading edge technology that focuses on providing a better future for America.
“Members of the NAI have the ability to innovate, but without funding or recognition, their inventions are just a dream. I want to give these students the opportunity to conduct proper research and development to create the new technologies that keep our nation at the forefront of innovation. The NAI is a nationwide network of charters hosted at many universities with their main headquarters located at the University of South Florida. I encourage my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this vital legislation and recognize the public need to help our entrepreneurs and innovators whose work encourages economic growth.”
“We are very grateful to Congressman Ross and the supporting co-sponsors for introducing this important charter bill which recognizes the vital role academic innovation plays in moving our nation forward,” said Paul R. Sanberg, the NAI’s founder and president and the Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development at the University of South Florida.
“For generations, America’s academic inventors have been at the forefront of modernizing every aspect of our lives and keeping our nation economically strong and competitive. A federal charter for the National Academy of Inventors serves the public good in supporting intellectual property, translational research and commercialization. We are honored to be considered for this recognition and to continue the NAI’s work in supporting and advancing the cause of innovation and invention.”