Campaign Promises

Cabinet/Departments -> Labor -> Innovation


ItemLabor
InnovationGrade
LA-26
The Promise: "...will support doubling federal funding for basic research over ten years...This will foster home-grown innovation, help ensure the competitiveness of US technology-based businesses, and ensure that 21st century jobs can and will grow in America."
When/Where: Obama Plan: "Connecting and Empowering All Americans Through Technology and Innovation" dated 11/13/07.
Source: https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2009/04/obamatechplan.pdf
Status:The authorized funding level for federal research and development (R&D) in FY2009 was $147.0B. This was the amount to be doubled under this promise, excluding $18.4B for federal R&D authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

According to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports issued annually to address the status of federal R&D funding across all agencies and based largely on President Obama's annual requests, authorized funding was as follows:

FY2010....$147.1B
FY2011....$142.7B
FY2012....$140.9B
FY2013....$130.3B
FY2014....$136.3B
FY2015....$138.2B
FY2016....$146.1B
FY2017....$152.3B (Requested)

Instead of "doubling" funding for federal R&D during President Obama's two terms in office, that annual appropriation was actually less than the FY2009 authorized amount to be doubled ($147.0) each year except for FY2010.

This promise was not fulfilled.
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