House Education and the Workforce Committee

28 Jul 2008

Chairman George Miller (D-CA) opened a recent House Committee on Education and Labor hearing on “Innovation in Education through Business and Education STEM Partnerships” with a statement calling for a redoubling of efforts to make math and science education a priority in schools. Witnesses included PGA golfer Phil Mickelson and Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

23 May 2008

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) have jointly introduced legislation to coordinate the nation’s STEM education initiatives.  The Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Act of 2008 (H.R. 6104) was introduced on May 21 in both chambers.  Cosponsors include Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Education; Vernon Ehlers (R-MI); and Rush Holt (D-NJ).

15 Dec 2010

House  Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) addressed the National Press Club on  Monday.  In his remarks on the 2010  election and the economy, Hoyer spoke of finding common ground between the  parties on “investing in outstanding education and basic research.”  Hoyer also referred to the reauthorization of  the America COMPETES bill and how it “unfortunately failed to win Republican  support in this Congress.”

2 Apr 2010

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) joined five of its Member Societies on March 26, endorsing a letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor with recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The Department of Education recently issued a blueprint for ESEA reauthorization. That blueprint is a starting point for members of Congress to draft what will be the successor to the No Child Left Behind Act.

21 Jul 2011

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.

30 Apr 2012

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

6 Dec 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.

8 Oct 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.

12 Jul 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

2 Mar 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.


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