WASHINGTON D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1020, the STEM Education Act of 2015, which redefines science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related education to also include computer science. This bill also encourages further research on extra-curricular STEM programs.
“By 2020, it’s estimated there will be 1.4 million jobs in the computing field. Yet despite these vast opportunities, computer science is still not recognized as a STEM subject. Today I voted to rectify this, redefining STEM education to include computer science so students around the country can pursue the training they need to be successful. This bill also encourages out-of-school programs that support STEM education, so educational opportunities can continue after students leave the classroom. I applaud the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), who has promoted STEM education in America’s classrooms, and I look forward to the countless opportunities it will provide for our students. Today we voted to invest in our future leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs – and America’s ‘Opportunity Economy’ will be better and brighter because of it.”
Chair McMorris Rodgers has been a longtime champion of promoting STEM education in America’s classrooms, and she supported the Brooks-Polis Computer Science Amendment in the Student Success Act of 2013. You can watch her floor remarks from the 113th Congress here.