Trump signs bills promoting women in STEM, rescinding Obama gun rule

President Donald Trump signed bills H.R. 321 and H.R. 255 to increase women's participation in STEM fields through programs at NASA and the National Science Foundation in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Trump was joined by his wife Melania Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump. Pool Photo by Aude Guerrucci/UPI

March 1 (UPI) — Donald Trump signed three bills, two of which aim to promote women in the STEM fields and one rescinding a rule established under former President Barack Obama blocking gun sales to some mentally ill people.

Trump signed the bills into law on Tuesday.

H.R. 255 — the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act — calls on the the National Science Foundation to “recruit and support women to expand their focus into the commercial world in its entrepreneurial programs,” the White House said in a statement.

H.R. 321 — the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act — requires NASA to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to pursue careers in aerospace and to advance the United States’ space exploration efforts.

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.

H.J. Res. 40 nullifies an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to people found mentally ill. The Obama rule would require the Social Security Administration to report the records of some mentally ill social security beneficiaries to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.


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