Congress Rejects Administration Plan to Reshuffle Federal STEM Education Programs

July 19, 2013- This week, committees for both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted down proposed changes to the rearrangement of federal STEM education programs within various agencies. Rejecting President Obama's proposed condensation of over 200 different STEM programs into 3 main programs within the National Science Foundation, Department of Education and Smithsonian Institute, both the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations subcommittees maintained funding for STEM programs within their respective agencies, which include the NSF and National Institutes of Health. Similarly, the House Science Committee reauthorized funding for STEM programs within several agencies, including National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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