Education is the linchpin to securing the long-term success of our children in the 21st Century. One of my top priorities is providing the necessary investments from pre-k to high school and all the way through to college and vocational schools.
We also need to ensure that we are preparing our young people for the jobs that will be the hallmark of a global economy. That is why I have advocated for investments in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. I secured STEM funding, passed legislation to help high-needs schools and underrepresented minorities gain access to STEM grants, and host a forum yearly that brings together STEM stakeholders, from federal agencies, private companies, and Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. As Ranking Member on the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Space that handles NASA’s budget, I introduced legislation this year to fund fully NASA’s STEM education initiatives.
It is also imperative that we address the challenges we face in higher education. That must begin by promoting research, ensuring college affordability through student loans, and matching education to workforce needs. I know that education, with a focus on the STEM fields, is essential to the success and competitiveness of our students in a global workforce. I will continue to provide federal support to our local schools and craft policy initiatives with administrators that prepare our students for a 21st Century global economy.
After-School Meal Program
I added Maryland to the list of only 9 other states that, at the time, received funding to provide dinner to students on the free and reduced-lunch program who participate in after-school programs. Many students who only received one nutritious meal are now able to have a dinner that helps support their health, development, and ability to learn during a time when families are struggling financially.