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New legislation to help spur innovation

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would help spur innovation and competitiveness in America’s economy.

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The Innovate America Act would help cut red tape, target successful education programs and promote U.S. exports in new markets and help America retain its competitive edge.

“By cutting red tape for businesses and focusing on science, technology, engineering and math education, this legislation ensures that our businesses can invest in research and our workers have the skills they need to thrive in today’s competitive global economy,” Klobuchar said.

The legislation is endorsed by the Council on Undergraduate Research and Computing in the Core, a non-partisan advocacy coalition of associations, corporations and scientific societies, including Google, and the Computer Science Teachers Association.

Specifically the legislation would:

● Fund 100 new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focused high schools.

● Measure graduation rates for STEM students to encourage colleges and universities to adopt best practices to improve graduation rates.

● Expand undergraduate research opportunities to encourage more students to enter STEM fields.

● Boost the number of computer science teachers in elementary and secondary schools.

● Create a pilot program at the National Science Foundation to support promising technology derived from NSF grants and help them be brought to market faster.

● Require the secretary of commerce to work with small-and medium-sized manufacturers to help them comply with regulations and identify those requirements that create an unnecessary burden.

● Require the Department of Commerce to issue a report on global competitiveness of top exporting industries.