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Notable Legislation

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Throughout the years, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has sought to keep an eye on bills in Congress that have the potential to make a positive impact on women’s entrepreneurship. Much of this legislation has made its way into our policy recommendations throughout the years. To learn more about these past bills and how the Council has proposed they be modified or enacted to support women’s business enterprise, please visit our Annual Reports page.

Outside of bills captured by our policy recommendations, a select few have been highlighted below as notable legislation due to their bipartisanship, specific focus on women in business, or the overall benefit they would represent to our nation’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act of 2023 (S.268)

Introduced by Sens. Klobuchar and Sullivan, this bill would provide competitive grants for states to train childcare workers and build or renovate childcare facilities.


Data Science and Literacy Act of 2023 (H.R.1050)

Introduced by Reps. Stevens and Baird, this bill would establish a Department of Education grant to encourage data literacy and data science education.


STEM RESTART Act (S.662/H.R.1403)

Introduced by Sens. Rosen and Hyde-Smith and Reps. Houlahan and Baird, this bill would create a national program to support mid-career workers in reentering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce by funding to small- and medium-sized STEM businesses so those businesses can offer internships, known as “returnships,” for workers seeking to return to or transition into the STEM workforce.


Apprenticeship Hubs Across America Act of 2023 (S.249/H.R.2900)

Introduced by Sens. Coons and Young and Rep. Norcross and Fitzpatrick, this bill would establish a new Department of Labor apprenticeship hubs network.