Two bills recently passed House Committees which would help student interested in pursuing science, math and engineering fields. The House Science Committee approved HR 4664, the "Investing in America's Future Act". The bill places the National Science Foundation (NSF) on a path to having its budget doubled in five years, including a 15% increase this year. The bill would also bolster undergraduate science, math and engineering education; creates a new flood warning index; and, improves product and standards-related information sharing.
The other bill, the Technology Talent Act of 2001 (HR 3130) establishes and enhances programs within the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the number of U.S. students pursuing science, math, engineering and technology education. There is a companion bill in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman (D-VT).