The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology today favorably reported three bills authored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA 25) that would advance cutting-edge research initiatives and improve STEM education for the future workforce.
This procedural advancement is an important step to pass en route to the bills being signed into law.
H.R. 4376, The Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act, would provide resources to expand DOE research initiatives in advanced photonics, x-ray energy applications, and fundamental scientific discoveries to maintain the preeminence of the U.S. National Laboratories in energy and materials sciences.
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“For over a century, the United States has led the world in scientific discovery and advanced technology,” Knight said in a statement. “The discoveries and innovations created by American minds have not only provided immeasurable value to our economy but have also improved the quality of life for all of mankind. The research advanced in this bill has the potential to be a generational leap in our understanding of the natural world.”
H.R. 4254, The Women in Aerospace Education Act, is co-led by Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and promotes wider participation by women in NASA internship and fellowship programs.
In addition, it encourages the incorporation of NASA and National Laboratories work into Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. This will help more K-12 students learn from teachers who have been inspired by the nation’s greatest aerospace programs. More information can be found [here].
H.R. 3397, The Building Blocks of STEM Act was introduced by Representative Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and co-led by Rep. Knight. This bill would direct the National Science Foundation to prioritize grant funding to engage children at young ages in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More information can be found [here].
“If we are to remain competitive in this increasingly dynamic and competitive global economy, it’s essential that we promote STEM education and careers in our youth,” Knight said. “The Women in Aerospace Education Act, along with the Building Blocks of STEM Act, which I am proud to co-lead with Congresswoman Esty and Congresswoman Rosen, respectively, will ensure our young minds are equipped with the knowledge and experience to lead our industry into the future.”
Each of the above-mentioned bills now awaits consideration from the full House of Representatives.