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November 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) announced that two bipartisan bills she introduced this Congress to improve STEM education passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee during mark-up and will be considered for a floor vote later this Congress as one combined bill. The Code Like a Girl Act, H.R. 3316, creates two National Science Foundation grants to research and fund computer science programs that encourage early childhood education in STEM for girls under the age of 11. The Building Blocks of STEM Act, H.R. 3397, directs the National Science Foundation to more equitably allocate funding for research in the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) program to studies with a focus on early childhood.

“I'm proud to see both of my STEM education proposals move forward with strong bipartisan support, and I am working across the aisle to ensure this combined bill gets a vote on the House floor,” said Rosen. “This legislation will help invest in our children so they can meet the challenges of a changing economy that increasingly relies on highly-skilled labor and technology. I will continue to advocate for smart investments in STEM education so we can build a more effective workforce that helps America's economy stay globally competitive.”

“Technology is continuing to impact the way we live our lives, and at Girl Scouts, we want girls to have the tech skills to be the creators, designers, inventors in this tech driven world. STEM is the future, and we want girls to be part of creating that future.” said Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “Together, this legislation will encourage more girls to pursue an interest in STEM and will continue to build the female STEM pipeline. As Girl Scouts, we are proud to provide the premier STEM leadership experiences in the world for girls, and we are grateful to Congress for their vision and their work on this vital topic for the future of our nation.”