Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM) Act: Ensuring American competitiveness in an increasingly global economy requires significant improvements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.I sponsored the initial Enhancing STEM Act to improve STEM education coordination among Federal and state governments. The Enhancing STEM Act provides Federal Agencies and states with the infrastructure required to work collaboratively, establish national STEM education goals, and to coordinate STEM education initiatives.
Strengthening Communities through Education and Integration: Throughout
The Reuniting Families Act: Imagine being separated from your spouse, minor children, sisters and brothers for years, even decades, due to bureaucratic delays from massive backlogs, insufficient staffing, and visa quotas. In the 111th Congress, I introduced H.R. 2709 to protect our families. I am proud to reintroduce the Reuniting Families Act in the 112th Congress to ensure that our efforts on immigration reform are truly comprehensive and support the core value of keeping families together – all families.
Education Equity Commission: Education is the great equalizer, the means to enable any child to realize the American dream. Children in America today, however, receive vastly unequal educational experiences and opportunities due to substantial differences in the education students receive depending on where they live. This barrier prevents too many children from realizing their potential, leading to ever more economic inequality in our society.
One America, Many Voices Act: The population of the
Smart Electronics Act: How many electronic devices do you have in your home? How many televisions, computers, iPods, video games, and telephones do you use on a daily basis? Electronic gadgets already account for about 15 percent of household electric consumption, and as these gadgets proliferate, their energy use continues to grow.
Responsible Governing & the Debt Ceiling: The Restoring Economic Certainty Act: The debt ceiling controls whether or not we’re going to pay our debts from the past, not spend any additional money. The federal government cannot hide from its creditors, refuse to answer the phone, turn off all the lights, and hope that they don’t notice that the government’s refused to pay up. We need to control our nation’s reckless spending, but hijacking the debt ceiling process and holding our entire economy hostage isn’t the sensible way to do it.
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