Congresswoman Shea-Porter Votes to Support Education and Economic Competitiveness

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted this week for three bills to help increase educational opportunities for Americans, to help America compete in the global marketplace, and to support small business.

The "10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Math Scholarship Act" (H.R. 362) expands and increases scholarship and grant programs for students committed to becoming teachers. It also provides increased funding for current teachers pursuing continuing education in science, mathematics, and engineering. The bill passed the House by a vote of 389-22.

"We need highly-trained teachers in order to build a highly-trained work force,"said Shea-Porter. "Education gives individuals a stepping stone to a better life. But it also improves our nation's ability to compete in the global economy - and that makes life better for all of us."

The "Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act" (H.R. 363) will increase funding for grants to young scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. The bill passed by a vote of 389-22.

The "Small Business Lending Improvements Act" (H.R. 1332) will make capital more accessible to small businesses, which are often the leaders in technology and innovation. The bill passed 380-45.

"This legislation not only helps America remain a center of innovation, it helps ensure that future generations are ready to tackle the great challenges of their time. I am proud to vote for these bills."