Snap Fact #171

President Obama Strengthened A Bush Era Initiative To Focus On Science, Technology, Engineering And Math!
Today's SNAP-CAP is just another example of the stark differences between the Democratic controlled 112 Congress and the Republican dominated 112th. There are basic elements that make our country strong. Among them are education, employment opportunities for all, a fair Supreme Court, and a strong and secure middle class. The wide chasm that currently exists between the parties gives citizens a clear choice when we go to the polls on November 6th. The responsible voter pays attention to the issues and evaluates where the candidates and their parties platforms stand on issues that will affect their lives. 

All one needs to do is to compare and contrast the stands of the President and Governor Romney, and the records of the last two Congresses, on key issues and then look in the mirror to see where you stand. The choice between the 111th and 112th Congress is as clear as the choice between the candidates. Before you pull the lever you might ask yourself, do I want our country to have a president supported by a congress like the 111th or the 112th? 

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (HR 5116), one of the many products of the 111th Congress, was signed into law by President Obama on Jan 4, 2011. COMPETES is the acronym for "Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science". 
The new bill is a comprehensive overhaul of 2007 legislation aimed at a 10-year budget doubling for involved agencies (listed below). 

Ironically, that idea was first proposed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and embraced by the Obama Administration, but in recent months, knocking the plan has become a way for House Republicans to label Democrats as reckless big spenders. 

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish a committee under the National Science and Technology Council, including the Office of Management and Budget, that has the responsibility of coordinating federal programs and activities in support of STEM* education, including at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Education, and all other federal agencies that have programs and activities in support of STEM education. *STEM stands for the academic and professional disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Through federal funding and coordination of initiatives that support key national priorities, the Act strengthens the foundation of the U.S. economy, creates new jobs, and increases U.S. competitiveness abroad. HR 5116, which updates the America COMPETES Act of 2007, commits $45 billion to science, technology, and education programs over the next three years.