PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress goes back into session, Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) announced today that he has introduced legislation to advance his agenda for science, education, innovation, and competitiveness. "The House of Representatives in the 113 th Congress presents a challenging environment – but not a hopeless one," Congressman Fattah said. "We have an opportunity, in partnership with President Obama, to make real progress on critical national priorities." Fattah is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee responsible for setting spending priorities of over $1 trillion in annual discretionary funds. Since the opening of the 113 th Congress on January 3, Fattah has introduced eight bills and resolutions in the new Congress. The Congressman's five legislative priorities for the 113 th Congress are neuroscience, manufacturing, youth mentoring, cooperatives and the GEAR UP program. This package of legislation speaks to the overlap among these priorities and his interest in science, education and U.S. competitiveness. As the Ranking Member (senior Democrat) on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Fattah is the Democrats' leader for scientific research and neuroscience. CJS, as it is known, has Appropriations oversight of $51 billion for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. America must remain globally competitive in the areas of science, education and innovation. Every day in America there are extraordinary discoveries and innovations unfolding. But if our nation is to retain its global competitive edge it must develop a national plan of investment to promote an educational system that fully prepares every child for college graduation, advanced scientific research and technological innovation. Strategic investments in these fundamentals will provide improved outcomes for students, innovators, communities, the economy and enhance America's success as a global competitor.