BIPARTISAN BILL “SUPPORTING VETERANS IN STEM CAREERS ACT” HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK
(WASHINGTON, DC) – This week the House unanimously passed S. 153, the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, the Senate companion to H.R. 425, a bipartisan bill authored by Representative Neal Dunn (FL-2) and co-led by Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17). The House originally passed the bipartisan legislation in February 2019. The Senate companion version, led by Senators Marco Rubio (FL) and Amy Klobuchar (MN), passed the Senate in December 2019 with an additional provision requiring a study of the bill’s impact on veterans. With the passage in both the House and Senate, the legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
This bill encourages veterans to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a comprehensive outreach plan to increase veteran participation in its STEM education and research programs.
"Veterans are some of the best workers, and with the right training and support they can help meet the growing demand for jobs in a broad range of technical fields that many employers are struggling to fill. This bipartisan legislation demonstrates that Congress and the Administration can work together to make real progress for our constituents,” said Lamb.
“Our service members should have every opportunity to succeed when they transition to civilian life,” said Dunn. “This important legislation ensures our government goes above and beyond to bring STEM career opportunities to our veterans. By increasing education and having veterans fill these 21st century jobs, we help keep our promise to those who serve and also maintain America’s competitive edge as a global technology leader.”
The Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act updates existing NSF programs to include outreach to veterans and requires annual reporting on veteran participation in STEM fields. It also modifies the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to better recruit veterans for careers in teaching STEM subjects in our K-12 schools. Additionally, it directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create a cross-government working group to identify and address barriers veterans and military spouses face in securing STEM employment.
Click here to learn more about H.R. 425 from Rep. Lamb: https://lamb.house.gov/media/videos/rep-lamb-supporting-veterans-stem-careers-act-hr-425