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house Bill H.R. 382

Renaming a STEM Grant Program to Honor 100 Years of Women in Congress

Argument in favor

Renaming this grant program is a nice way of honoring the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to Congress, and will inspire women and minorities from rural areas to achieve great things in STEM fields.

Juliana's Opinion
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03/20/2017
I vote yes but would prefer that this be renamed after a woman in STEM as opposed to a woman in politics, but I'll take what we can get.
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Elijah's Opinion
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03/20/2017
Though her career would turn to politics, Rankin had a degree in Biology. She was instrumental in initiating the legislation that eventually became the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting unrestricted voting rights to women. She championed the causes of gender equality and civil rights throughout a career that spanned more than six decades. Pretty badass and more than worthy to have this named after her if you ask me.
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Ann's Opinion
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03/20/2017
I feel like this one is a no brainer. Is anyone against this bill?
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Argument opposed

Renaming an obscure grant program seems like an insufficient way to honor the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to Congress. Not only that, the grant program itself seems unnecessary.

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03/20/2017
I'm not against renaming it, just against renaming it after people in politics. The grant is about STEM not politics so why isn't it getting named after a women in STEM
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Laura's Opinion
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03/20/2017
I'm not opposed to the renaming, but why are they honoring women in politics when it should be an American woman in a STEM field that has made a remarkable contribution to her field?
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keekee's Opinion
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03/20/2017
Please rename the grant after a woman pioneer in the STEM field, not a politician.
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What is House Bill H.R. 382?

This bill would rename a grant program aimed at increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The name change has been suggested to honor the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to serve in Congress.

The program would be known as the Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program Grants in honor of Jeannette Rankin, who became the first woman to hold a high U.S. government office. Rankin was elected to Congress in 1916 as a Republican from Montana and was known as a staunch pacifist — voting against U.S. entry into both World War I and World War II. She graduated from the University of Montana with a biology degree in 1902.

The operations of the grant program would be unchanged if this legislation were enacted, so it would continue to award grants on a competitive basis to support research and projects that look to increase the participation of women and minorities in STEM fields.

Impact

Women and minorities from rural areas that would be eligible to receive grants for work in STEM fields; and the grant program.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 382

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill was introduced by sponsoring Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Ryan Zinke (R-MT) (who is now the Interior Secretary) to honor the legacy of Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin (R-MT), the first woman elected to Congress. 

In a joint press release, the sponsors noted that Rankin was elected to Congress before many American women had the right to vote. Rep. Meng said that “renaming this critical program after her is the least Congress can do to honor a remarkable individual and the first 100 years of women in Congress.”

The bill’s authors also cited figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that while women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce, they are underrepresented in careers involving engineering, chemistry, and environmental science.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Public domain image by National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons)

AKA

100 Years of Women in Congress Act

Official Title

To amend the Department of Agriculture program for research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to redesignate the program as the "Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program".

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • The house Passed March 20th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017

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    I vote yes but would prefer that this be renamed after a woman in STEM as opposed to a woman in politics, but I'll take what we can get.
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    I'm not against renaming it, just against renaming it after people in politics. The grant is about STEM not politics so why isn't it getting named after a women in STEM
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    I'm not opposed to the renaming, but why are they honoring women in politics when it should be an American woman in a STEM field that has made a remarkable contribution to her field?
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    Please rename the grant after a woman pioneer in the STEM field, not a politician.
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    This, compared to other bills currently passing through Congress, is of such low priority that it should be called what it is: throwing women a bone. No thanks. Make a real difference, not a superficial one.
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    The sponsoring legislators said it best. "Its the least congress could do". Its a slap in the face. If they are going to name a STEM grant after someone, name it after a female scientific pioneer, not a politician. Better yet, keep it named what it is so that 3 years from now when someone wants to pull the plug on it, they have to say tjey are killing STEM, not some obscure memorial grant that can sit on the back page. It sounds like it was perhaps proposed with good intention, but its actually quite insulting.
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    There are so many famous women in STEM, why couldn't they at least give this legislation the dignity of being named after someone who at least pursued the field?
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    I thoroughly support this
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    Though her career would turn to politics, Rankin had a degree in Biology. She was instrumental in initiating the legislation that eventually became the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting unrestricted voting rights to women. She championed the causes of gender equality and civil rights throughout a career that spanned more than six decades. Pretty badass and more than worthy to have this named after her if you ask me.
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    I feel like this one is a no brainer. Is anyone against this bill?
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    As a woman in STEM, I support this!
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    Why are renaming a grant rewarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math after a politician?
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    I think it is a wonderful way to pay homage to the women who made a difference!
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    COME ON, GRACE MENG! ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THESE PANDERING FEEL-GOOD BILLS GEARED TO TRY TO WIN YOU VOTES IN THE NEXT ELECTION! AND ENOUGH OF THESE GRANT PROGRAMS! WE ARE JUST SHY OF $20 TRILLION IN DEBT! MAN! WE ARE NOT BLIND! WE CAN SEE HOW YOU WASTE YOUR TIME AND OUR MONEY! HOW ABOUT WORKING ON THE TRULY IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING THIS NATION!!!
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    A vote Yea shows support for these women and for the grant itself. Meanwhile a vote against insinuates an ok to move forward with eliminating it which cannot be allowed
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    I am for this to get it passed ASAP so congress can focus on more important things than a name change.
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    Why would anyone vote against this?
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    That grant should be renamed after a women scientist, not a politician. This is a STEM grant after all.
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    What a waste of time and taxpayer money! Can we start focusing on real issues please instead of this egalitarian junk? Speaking of real issues, Congresswoman Meng has lots of them. She (and the rest of her lefty colleagues for that matter) needs to be put in straight jacket and taken to a sanatorium for 24/7 care.
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    Sure, but who cares? Can you get back to restoring liberty, lowering taxes and cutting regulations? This is fluff
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