[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) applauded the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s bipartisan passage of the Endless Frontier Act today with several provisions he championed to help address sexual harassment in STEM fields and to support early-career researchers whose employment opportunities have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:
“This landmark legislation will help put America at the forefront of scientific and technological progress—truly an endless frontier for the 21st century. This bipartisan commitment should protect our vital national interest, economic and strategic, as a world leader. I added measures to fight the rampant culture of sexual harassment in STEM and support young scientists whose careers have been affected by the pandemic. By confronting deep inequities in STEM fields, this legislation will make it easier for women and other underrepresented groups to thrive. The full Senate must commit to passing this strong bipartisan legislation to support talented scientists and invest in American innovation.”
Blumenthal secured the inclusion of several specific provisions in the Endless Frontier Act, based on his Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act and Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act, including:
Among the provisions fought for by Blumenthal, the legislation would award grants through the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deepen understanding of the factors contributing to and consequences of sexual harassment across institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations and to examine interventions to reduce its frequency and impact. It would also direct Federal statistical agencies to collect national data on the prevalence, nature, and implications of sexual harassment in institutions of higher education, NSF to enter into an agreement with the National Academies to update the National Academies’ research conduct report to include more detailed data points, and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a set of policy guidelines for Federal science agencies.