Comprehensive Legislation Would Make Major Investments in U.S. Manufacturing, Technological Innovation, Cybersecurity, & Scientific Research, Address Supply Chain Challenges
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen voted to pass the innovation and competition legislation, which was advanced by the Senate with broad, bipartisan support. This landmark legislation would help ease supply chain issues, create jobs, and lower costs for Nevadans by investing in American advanced manufacturing, STEM education, research and development, cybersecurity, and supply chain enhancement, including a historic investment in domestic semiconductor production.
“I was proud to once again vote in favor of bipartisan innovation and competition legislation that will supercharge the United States’ economy by bolstering our domestic supply chain and helping lower costs for hardworking families,” said Senator Rosen. “This legislation will also make major investments in STEM education and strengthen our cybersecurity, and I am glad it is one step closer to becoming law.”
The bill passed by the Senate authorizes over $100 billion for the National Science Foundation, creating a new Technology Directorate focused on key technology areas like AI and quantum science, and investing in research and manufacturing. The bill also extends the Manufacturing USA Program and establishes a regional technology hub program to carry out intensive, technology-focused economic development activities.
During consideration of the bill in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee last year, Senator Rosen negotiated the adoption and inclusion of three amendments she led or co-led, based on legislation she helped introduce:
- A bipartisan amendment with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) to direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support rural STEM education and workforce development through grants for research on teaching STEM in rural schools, barriers rural students face in accessing STEM education, and solutions to improve the participation of rural pre-K-12 students in STEM. This amendment is based on the Rosen-co-led Rural STEM Education Act.
- A bipartisan amendment with Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to provide grants for worker education, training, development, and entrepreneurship in advanced manufacturing. This amendment is based on the Rosen-introduced bipartisan Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in America Act.
- A bipartisan amendment with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) to reauthorize and modernize the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, which is focused on improving the education of the skilled technical workforce by supporting partnerships between industry and community colleges, curriculum development, apprenticeships, professional development for faculty, the development of career pathways, and research on effective STEM distance learning. This amendment is based on the Rosen-co-sponsored bipartisan Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act.