Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) issued the following statement after H.R. 4755, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act passed the United States Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
“I am pleased to see that the INSPIRE Women Act passed the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee today and now is one step closer to becoming law. The INSPIRE Women Act will help American businesses find skilled workers in the traditional STEM fields. The legislation calls on the NASA Administrator to develop a plan within NASA to have retired astronauts, scientists, engineers, and innovators to engage and share their vast knowledge with K-12 female STEM students. NASA will use virtual mentoring programs using technology to pair NASA mentors with STEM students across the country. Given the broad based bipartisan support the bill has, the U.S. Senate should bring up this bill before it recesses.”
The INSPIRE Women Act authorizes the NASA Administrator to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as the STEM fields, and to pursue careers that will further advance America’s space science and exploration efforts through support of initiatives such as NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS; Aspire-Inspire; and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research.