January 26, 2017

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Measures to Encourage Participation of Women and Girls in STEM, Promote Innovation, Expand Broadband Access

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Measures to Encourage Participation of Women and Girls in STEM, Promote Innovation, Expand Broadband Access

Senator Hassan Also Approves Measures to Restore Communication Networks During Emergencies and to Improve the Quality of Communication in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON - This week, as a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Senator Maggie Hassan voted to approve several measures that will help encourage innovation, strengthen the economy and enhance public safety in New Hampshire and across the nation.

Senator Hassan voted to approve the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, a measure that would help encourage the participation of women and minorities in the STEM fields, as well as the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, in order to encourage the participation of women and girls in the STEM fields.

"Engaging more young girls, women and minorities in the STEM fields is critical to the future of our economy, because we know that including a variety of voices at any table leads to better decision-making and greater success overall," Senator Hassan said. "These measures are an important step forward in our efforts to encourage girls, women and minorities to pursue interesting, exciting and fulfilling jobs in the STEM fields that can help build meaningful careers."

The Senator also voted to approve the MOBILE Now Act, which will remove barriers to wireless broadband deployment, the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) ACT to encourage innovation and benefit businesses, governments and consumers; the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act, a measure improving the quality of calls to and from rural areas; the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, a measure that will make it easier for providers and communities to restore communication networks during emergencies; and the Spoofing Prevention Act, to protect consumers from fraudulent phone calls. She also voted to approve the Senior Fraud Prevention Act, to help prevent deceptive targeting of older Americans. For more information on the measures, click here.

"Encouraging innovation, expanding broadband access, and building a modern, strong telecommunications infrastructure is critical to the economic success of our people, businesses and communities, and it is also essential to the safety of our people," Senator Hassan said. "These measures will enhance public safety and help ensure that anyone who works hard has the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century innovation economy."

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