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Join the STEM Vanguard in Congress

April 20, 2016

The National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) commends some true STEM education champions in Congress who are challenging government gridlock. We encourage you to reach out to your senators and representatives at Congress.gov and urge them to join these STEM heroes.

Funding for US Department of Education STEM & Computer Science Grants

Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Elise Stefanik (R-VY), and 57 colleagues urged full funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program authorized at $1.65 billion for FY17 in the newly adopted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This block grant allow states flexibility to fund various programs such as health, STEM, arts, Advanced Placement, and foreign language courses. Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA) led 63 members in calling for a $100 million investment in computer science education as proposed by the Obama Administration.

Funding the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) took the lead in urging 23 of their colleagues to support the President's FY17 budget request for NSF funding of $7.564 billion in a letter to the appropriations committee leaders. Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) gathered the support of 143 colleagues in requesting $8 billion for FY17 for NSF.

Funding for Museum Services at Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Reps. Paul Tonko, P.E. (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) gathered 161 signatures from colleagues urging House appropriators to provide robust funding for the Office of Museum Services at the IMLS. Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Markey and 31 colleagues urged Senate appropriators to do the same. The bipartisan FY17 authorization was set at $38.6 million.

The NCTL is also working to support STEM funding for programs at NASA, NOAA, and NIH. Join us!

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