U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent

The United States will need an estimated 1 million more STEM professionals by 2022 to keep up with workforce demands, according to U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.).

To help meet that need Butterfield has introduced HR 1586, which would amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act.

“This Act may be cited as the ‘Building Resources Into Digital Growth and Education Act of 2019,’ or the BRIDGE Act of 2019,” said Butterfield. “My bill will expand the opportunities available to HBCUs to ensure the students they serve are prepared for tomorrow’s innovation economy.” The representative is using the Twitter hashtag, #UnBoxingTheBill, to help promote his legislation.

Butterfield’s proposal mandates the establishment

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