Rep. Royce Applauds Passage of Education Reform Bills, Urges Senate Action
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement on the passage of the STEM Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 5031) and the Research and Development Efficiency Act (H.R. 5056) in the U.S. House of Representatives:
"Despite the growth of industries reliant on workers proficient in STEM fields, our current educational infrastructure is not rising to meet the need. By 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million computing jobs, but only about 400,000 computer science graduates to fill those spots. Classifying computer science as a STEM field will better allow educators to address the shortage of talented computer programmers, individuals that are responsible for so much of the innovative technology and economic activity around us. American research universities spend too much time on administrative tasks instead of educating students and creating the next cutting edge technologies, and Congress needs to remove those burdens from the next generation of brilliant thinkers. An American workforce educated in STEM fields will ensure our nation remains the economic leader of the world, and these legislative initiatives are a step in the right direction."
The STEM Education Act of 2014, introduced by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, strengthens ongoing STEM education efforts at our federal science agencies and ensures that the subject of computer science is included in these efforts. Rep. Royce’s support of the STEM Education Act is in addition to his cosponsorship of the Computer Science Education Act (H.R. 2536), legislation that would designate computer science as a "core academic subject.”
The Research and Development Efficiency Act establishes a working group to review federal regulations affecting research universities in order to eliminate redundant and duplicative federal regulation, in light of a recent survey from the National Science Board which found that on average, 42 percent of federal research grant awardees’ time is spent on administrative tasks alone.
Rep. Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, supported both bills as they passed the U.S. House by voice vote on July 14, 2014. He urges his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to advance these critical pieces of legislation in a timely manner.For more information, contact: Saat Alety at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.