After signing both bills, Trump announced that these sorts of policies will be priorities for the White House, moving forward.
The bill hopes to encourage women by supporting the NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS program, the Aspire to Inspire program and NASA's Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research, or SISTER, program. The act amends language in an existing women in STEM program at NSF, to now include that the agency should "encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world". During his presidential campaign, Trump's website championed restrictions on high-skilled foreign worker visas as a way of promoting women and minorities in tech positions.
The first, Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers and Innovators and Explorers Act (INSPIRE), sponsored by Republican Representative Barbara Comstock, calls on NASA to "use programs within NASA to put young women and girls on a course toward STEM careers that will further help the space program and American businesses".
Trump said the bill "enables the National Science Foundation to support women inventors - of which there are many - researchers and scientists in bringing their discoveries to the business world, championing science and entrepreneurship and creating new ways to improve people's lives".
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Comstock attended the February 28 signing ceremony at the White House alongside Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump and several other members of congress.
Two new laws aimed at bringing more women into science and technology careers should appeal to the hundreds of tech companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc., who have lambasted President Donald Trump's policies as harming their ability to recruit talent overseas. About a quarter of the women with STEM degrees work in the field. At any rate, Trump added that these bills would "help American women.live out the American dream".
Both bills were approved unanimously by Congress.