A California congressman says the federal government must make innovation in science and technology its top priority for economic growth.

In the Democrats' weekly radio address, Representative George Miller said demonstrated leadership is vital to promote innovation that advances health care, education and technology breakthroughs.

Miller is a senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. He says America faces stiff challenges from China, India, Korea and others who recognize economic success depends on science and technology.

Miller discussed the Innovation Agenda, a Democratic plan to maintain America's leadership in innovation. It includes doubling basic research and development funding, graduating 100-thousand scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the next four years and achieving energy independence within ten years.