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16-S2710 on Mar 17, 2016

Bill Sponsorship: S2710 & HR4803
Source: Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act
    Grant program to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Congress finds the following:
  • STEM education at the undergraduate level is vital to developing a workforce that will allow the US to remain the leader in the 21st century global economy.
  • Women and minorities comprise over half of the US workforce but only make up 26% of STEM workers.
  • Approximately 52% of women and minorities in STEM fields quit their jobs about 10 years into their careers.
  • It is important for gender equality to increase the retention of women in STEM fields, as women in STEM careers earn 33% more than those in non-STEM jobs, and have a smaller wage gap relative to men.
  • The US should address the need to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented minority segments of the population who work in engineering.
  • Women and underrepresented minorities leave the STEM fields at higher rates than their counterparts, leading to a need to develop resources to retain these groups in the STEM fields.
  • An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use such grant funds to carry out one or more of the following activities designed to increase the participation of women or minorities underrepresented in science and engineering:
    1. Online workshops.
    2. 2) Mentoring programs that partner STEM professionals with students.
    3. Internships for undergraduate and graduate students in the STEM fields.
    4. Conducting outreach programs that provide elementary school and secondary school students with opportunities to increase their exposure to STEM fields.
    5. Programs to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty.
    Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.4803

    Updated with S.1246 - Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2017

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Education
    • Headline: Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching (Score: 2)
    • Headline 2: Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching (Score: 2)

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    • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 16-S2710

    Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerMar 17, 2016
    Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorMar 17, 2016
    Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorApr 4, 2016
    Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorMar 17, 2016
    Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratMar 17, 2016
    Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Mar 17, 2016
    Mazie Hirono s2pHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)May 25, 2017
    Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr SenatorMar 17, 2016
    Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Sr SenatorMar 17, 2016

    Republicans participating in 16-S2710

    Independents participating in 16-S2710

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 9
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 0

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