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Rubio, Klobuchar Applaud Committee Passage of Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act

Jul 10, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) applauded the Senate Commerce Committee’s unanimous passage of their bipartisan Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (S.153), which would assist veterans re-entering the workforce by directing the National Science Foundation to encourage veterans to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration. 
“I thank my colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee for marking up and passing this important, bipartisan bill to ensure our nation’s veterans have the skills and opportunities to succeed in STEM careers,” Rubio said. “The future of work in the 21st century will be dominated by STEM roles, and the United States should prioritize policies that utilize our well-qualified veterans to fill this future workforce. We owe it to our national heroes to ensure this bipartisan bill gets across the finish line.”
“Veterans are the teachers, engineers, scientists, and inventors who will lead us to a brighter future. By encouraging veterans and tapping into their talents, employers can better meet their hiring needs, and veterans can enjoy the benefits of well-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math. I am pleased that our bill has passed the Commerce Committee so we can help support veterans in their transition to civilian life– benefiting veterans, their families, communities, and our whole economy,” Klobuchar said. 
The Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act would also require the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish an interagency working group to improve veteran and spouse equity and representation in STEM fields, and to develop a strategic plan to address the barriers that veterans face when reentering the workforce. The bill is supported by The Manufacturing Institute, Samsung, TechNet, Verizon, and the Consumer Technology Association.