House Education & the Workforce Committee

Last  week the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met  to hear from experts about the future of research endeavors in the United  States. To open the meeting, PCAST  Co-Chair John Holdren noted that fiscal restraints created by the difficult  budget environment will make it harder to make the investments necessary in  science and technology to maintain American dominance in the fields.

21 Jul 2011

The Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and  Export Promotion held a hearing on promoting American competitiveness: filling  jobs today and training workers for tomorrow.   This April 17 hearing included testimony from Martha Kanter,  Undersecretary, US Department of Education; Roger Kilmer, Director of the  Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of  Standards and Technology; Jane Oats, Assistant Secretary of Employment and  Training Administration at the Department of Labor; Robert Kill, President and  CEO of Enterprise Minnesota; Jennifer McNel

30 Apr 2012

The Committee on Education  and the Workforce held a hearing on February 16 on HR 3989, the Student Success  Act and HR 3990, the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act.  Chairman John Kline (R-MN-2) introduced both  bills in an effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

2 Mar 2012

The House of Representatives passed HR 6429, the STEM  Jobs Act, on November 30, by a vote of 245-139.  HR 6429 would amend the Immigration and  Nationality Act to make up to 55,000 visas available to immigrants who have a  doctorate degree in a field of “computer  and information sciences and support services, engineering, mathematics and  statistics, and physical sciences” from a US university, agree to work five  years for a US employer, and who have taken all their doctoral coursework while  physically present in the US.

6 Dec 2012

Discussions on Capitol Hill have recently turned to  reforming the immigration system to grant visas to highly skilled workers in  science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM).  Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Lamar  Smith (R-TX), and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) each introduced bills  addressing the skills and talent deficit faced by US employers looking to hire  STEM workers.  The bills would change  immigration rules to allow for an increase in immigrants with STEM skills.

8 Oct 2012

The House Science Committee’s Research and Science Education  Subcommittee heard from representatives of the research university community in  a June 27 hearing.  The purpose of the  hearing was to examine the challenges faced by research universities and to  discuss their future outlook in addition to addressing steps that Congress,  federal and state governments, research universities and industry can take in  order to improve resource management.  Also  discussed at the hearing was a National Research Council (NRC) report, cove

12 Jul 2012

The Committee on Education  and the Workforce held a hearing on February 16 on HR 3989, the Student Success  Act and HR 3990, the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act.  Chairman John Kline (R-MN-2) introduced both  bills in an effort to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

2 Mar 2012

Georgetown  University’s Center for Education and the Workforce issued a report by Anthony  Carnevale, Nicole Smith, and Michelle Melton entitled “STEM - science,  technology, engineering and mathematics”. The October 2011 report provided insight on topics such as STEM  occupations, wages, work interests and competencies, minorities and women in  STEM fields, and information regarding those who divert from STEM  disciplines. 

4 Jan 2012

Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL), Charles Rangel (D-NY), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) have introduced H.R.

23 Apr 2014
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