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November 05, 2017

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is vowing the GOP's tax reform package will improve "innovation and entrepreneurship -- key drivers of economic growth." McCarthy said the U.S. needs a "dynamic tax code that promotes the competition, risk taking and innovation that is the foundation of the 21st century economy."

November 03, 2017

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, an influential senior House member first elected to Congress in 1986, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018 when his six-year stint as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology comes to an end.

October 27, 2017

ASTRA’s Executive Director, Dr. Robert Boege summarizes the 22 year legacy of ‘STEM on the Hill’ highlighting the impact of the annual Congressional Visits Day with its Exhibits and Reception honoring bi partisan champions of STEM and STEM Education. ASTRA’s Futurist, Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein spotlights the unique role of Global NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist Teams (NGY) interviewing inspiring role models. At this year’s Congressional Reception and Exhibits, NGY Ambassadors represented five schools: T.C.

October 27, 2017

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has reached settlements with conservative groups over lawsuits relating to the IRS's scrutiny over the groups' applications for tax-exempt status.

October 08, 2017

Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Sept. 28 reintroduced the Startup Act, which would grant more visas to immigrants in the STEM field.

October 06, 2017

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on Thursday expressed support for a national standard for notifying individuals impacted by corporate data breaches, amid scrutiny over the Equifax breach.

October 05, 2017

A Senate panel approved bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to pave the way for driverless cars, representing the latest congressional step to address the emerging technology. After months of debate over whether to include trucks and buses in the measure, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee agreed to advance a bill that would only remove certain obstacles for getting self-driving cars on the roads.

September 12, 2017

Educational technology leaders have expressed mixed reactions to the education spending bill for fiscal 2018 that was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would provide an additional $50 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the section that supports STEM learning and technology in education.

September 07, 2017

The House passed a bipartisan driverless car bill on Wednesday, advancing what could become the first set of federal laws for the emerging industry. The “Self Drive Act” was unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee in July, before Congress left for August recess, and passed the full House on a voice vote.

August 15, 2017

A gender gap persists in science, technology, engineering and math, a problem that researchers say could begin to be understood and then solved through research. U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has introduced two pieces of legislation to address the issue. The Building Blocks of STEM and Code Like a Girl acts both seek to fund research into early childhood STEM education.

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