Sen. Chris Coons sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on July 23 to encourage prioritization of science and technology innovation in his administration.

With the U.S. falling behind its major competitors, namely China, in investments in scientific research and development, Senator Coons urges the president to select a science adviser and build up the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“Investments in scientific research and development are crucial for spurring economic growth and sustaining competitiveness,” said Coons. “Yet, given a White House that disregards the value of science, the role of the United States as the unquestioned global leader in science and innovation is at risk. I urge the Trump administration to promote science in policy making.”

To view a PDF of the letter, visit bit.ly/2A4xxo0.