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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today on two more bills of the Innovation Initiative to enable women innovators and entrepreneurs.

Full remarks are below, or watch online here.

“Mr. Speaker, innovation rises up from all parts of this country, and one of the main purposes of the Innovation Initiative is to empower people to make new discoveries and guide our country into the future. When we do that, we ensure America remains a global leader, and everyone in America and abroad benefits. 

“So we have two bills today to build innovation from the ground up, focusing on future women leaders in America because when you look back on history, you see women at the forefront. You look at Grace Hopper, one of the first programmers of our earliest computers, Stephanie Kwolek who invented Kevlar, or Shirley Ann Jackson who laid the foundation for amazing advancements in communication like fiber optic cables or portable fax machines.

“These are all women who fueled positive disruption with their ideas, the positive disruption America needs to prosper. So we should encourage a learning environment where young women continue to have the opportunities to explore their interests in STEM subjects. And today we will pass a bill by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) to enable retired NASA astronauts, engineers, and scientists to work with female STEM students who will lead the next generation. 

“We’re also voting to authorize the National Science Foundation to work with its entrepreneurship programs to recruit more women who can be the top innovators in the lab and beyond. 

“With these two items, the Innovation Initiative continues empowering the American people for the sake of the American people, removing obstacles to success while bringing innovation into government.”