June 08, 2021
**Invoice Clears Senate throughout Social gathering Traces and Consists of Shaheen-Led Provisions on STEM Training & Enhancing Diplomatic Instruments to Fight China’s Affect**
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the next assertion after the Senate handed the watershed invoice, the U.S. Innovation and Competitors Act of 2021, to counter an more and more aggressive and aggressive China. The excellent bipartisan invoice invests in modern schooling, good-paying jobs and cutting-edge industries to extend American competitiveness and safeguard our nationwide safety in opposition to China. The invoice handed by 68-32 within the Senate and can now head to the U.S. Home of Representatives for consideration. Included within the ultimate invoice was Shaheen’s provision to broaden hands-on studying alternatives in STEM schooling to bolster the pipeline of scholars getting into the STEM workforce and strengthen innovation within the financial system.
“As our financial system recovers from the pandemic and we face growing aggression and manipulation from China, the time to spend money on our workforce and competitiveness is now. That’s why as we speak’s bipartisan passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competitors Act of 2021 within the Senate is so monumental,” stated Shaheen. “This complete invoice tackles lots of the most urgent points going through our nation by investing in American innovation and manufacturing. From creating good-paying jobs to investing in cutting-edge industries that bolster our nationwide safety, this invoice is among the many most vital investments in our workforce in a era. I’m proud my provisions have been included within the ultimate bundle – together with enhancing diplomatic instruments to counter China and investing in STEM schooling to coach the subsequent era of leaders. I’m wanting to work with companions within the Home and the Biden administration to make sure this vital laws to strengthen our financial system and safety is handed and signed into regulation.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIORITIES SECURED BY SHAHEEN IN THE U.S. INNOVATION AND COMPETITION ACT OF 2021 INCLUDE:
Investing in STEM Training & Workforce by way of Arms-On Studying Alternatives
Shaheen led the hassle to broaden alternatives for hands-on studying in science, expertise, engineering and math (STEM) schooling by way of this bundle. Her bipartisan invoice with Senator Capito (R-WV), the Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act, would spend money on experiential studying alternatives to strengthen the pipeline of scholars getting into the STEM workforce, particularly from historically underrepresented teams like ladies and communities of colour. The laws seeks to handle shortages in STEM experience and strengthen innovation within the U.S. financial system.
Investing in Commerce Insurance policies to Assist Growing Nations
Shaheen efficiently included a bipartisan provision based mostly on standalone laws with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Boozman (R-AR), the American Jobs through Greater Exports to Africa Act. Shaheen delivered remarks on the necessity to spend money on U.S. commerce insurance policies to help growing nations and counter China’s affect in the course of the Senate International Relations Committee’s consideration of her invoice. Shaheen’s provision goals to create American jobs by growing the variety of U.S. exports to Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean by at the very least 200 p.c in actual greenback worth inside ten years of enactment of the regulation. It could assist American companies compete in opposition to Chinese language financial pursuits on the continent.
Growing U.S. Protection Attachés to Enhance Diplomacy
Shaheen efficiently secured a provision that may improve the variety of protection attachés within the Indo-Pacific area to reinforce U.S. diplomatic capabilities. Shaheen’s effort would particularly broaden the presence of U.S. diplomatic attachés in areas the place China has resident navy attachés however the US doesn’t, bolstering the U.S. presence and countering China’s affect.
Pushing the Affirmation of Ambassadors in Key Strategic Areas
Senator Shaheen efficiently added a measure that may emphasize the significance of the administration nominating certified ambassadors as rapidly as attainable – particularly to nations in Central and South America – to make sure the US is diplomatically positioned to blunt Chinese language affect efforts in these areas.