The OTA is supported by policymakers in both the House and the Senate and across the aisle.
"We urge you [Speaker Ryan] to support funding to reinstate OTA to once again give legislators access to the non-partisan technical expertise we need to make prudent policy decisions." — Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill), Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Former Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex), Rep. Mark Takano (D-Cal), Former Rep. Michael Honda (D-Cal), Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl), Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash), Former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Maryland), Former Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich), Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Former Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
"We are cutting off one of the most important arms of Congress when we cut off unbiased knowledge about science and technology." — Former Rep. Amo Houghton (R-NY)
“We now live in a world where technology has become increasingly important in our personal lives, workplaces, and democracy. Congress is not adequately prepared to lead on technical issues that could have serious effects on our country’s future.” — Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill)
“We got rid of [the OTA] in 1995, right before the internet era really took off. When I watched those [recent] hearings, the first thought I had was, 'this would be a good time for it to return.'” — Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner
“Far too often, this body goes with knee-jerk reactions instead of crafting smart solutions to technical problems. Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment as an independent body, dedicated to giving Congress nonpartisan advice would go a long way to filling that need.” — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore)