What's In the STEM Bill?

By Brennan Smith

What's In the STEM Bill?

April 12, 2012 Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM EDT

Town of Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local congressman shares his idea to make college a more affordable investment for students.

At Binghamton University, Congressman Richard Hanna says Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, or STEM is the key to a successful future as the school held its second annual TRiO day.

TRiO is an initiative from congress designed to make higher education more accessible for low-income, disabled and first-generation college students.

"The greatest capital investment that people make is in their education, so why shouldn't we be able to write off a portion of our education to build ourselves a future, like I was able to do in my business? Or why shouldn't a philanthropist be able to contribute to an individual himself in stem?" asked Representative Richard Hanna, (R) 24th District.

Hanna says his office is working on a stem bill that would address this issue.

He says it would make the US more competitive in its education and workforce.

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