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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania


Rep. Cartwright Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost STEM Education, Cut Red Tape

Oct 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), and Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Innovate America Act would double the number of STEM-focused high schools, promote computer science training, and expand research opportunities for undergraduates in STEM majors. 

“By boosting STEM education, this bipartisan bill lays the groundwork for future innovation and helps secure America’s standing in the global economy,” said Rep. Cartwright. “My bill not only devotes more resources into STEM fields, but also works to eliminate burdensome regulations and to provide our nation’s businesses with the workforce it needs to compete in today’s economy.”

Specifically, the Innovate America Act would:

  • Improve STEM education by doubling the number of STEM-focused high schools, promoting computer science training, and expanding research opportunities for undergraduates in STEM majors;
  • Study the impact of STEM field retention programs for students;
  • Establish a website for technology commercialization ideas;
  • Establish a manufacturing assistance program aimed at assisting small and medium-sized businesses;
  • Identify regulatory barriers for small and medium-sized manufacturers;
  • Identify the regulatory barriers for the top 20 exporting industries to improve global competitiveness.