Congressional Response to Ensuring America's Competitiveness

Congress has taken an active role in understanding and responding to the underlying problems that confront America’s competitiveness in the global economy. During the 109th congressional session, numerous pieces of legislation have been introduced addressing the importance of mathematics and science in the global economy. The two pieces of legislation that have gained the most support are the Senate’s Protecting America’s Competitive Edge (PACE) Act and the House’s “Innovation” bills. The PACE Act, a package of three bills, enhances America’s competitiveness through programs targeted at math and science education, research, and industry incentives. The House’s “Innovation” package, also comprised of three bills, seeks to improve K-12 student performance in mathematics and science as well as to attract individuals to earn degrees and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).