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Upton issues statement after President Trump signs Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed S. 239, the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Upton introduced the House-version of the bill in January as H.R. 500 with more than 300 cosponsors.

The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 will mint a $1 silver coin – at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer - in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher and astronaut who perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and support the FIRST program.

“So many FIRST students that I have heard from look up to Christa McAuliffe as a role model, and she is. Her courage and legacy continue to inspire generations of young people to pursue science and technology careers. I’m proud that the bill President Trump signed today will honor Christa McAuliffe – a true American hero – while also providing critical resources for FIRST programs in Michigan and around the nation,” Upton said. “Michigan is a national leader in FIRST, and for our state and nation to maintain its competitive advantage in the future, our kids of today must have the resources and opportunities to develop critical 21st century career skills. This new law will provide a big boost for FIRST, and I’m so proud to see it signed by the President today.

Michigan has the most FIRST Robotics teams in in the nation. FIRST is the nation’s leading not-for-profit STEM education program with a proven track-record of encouraging students to pursue STEM fields. According to studies conducted by FIRST, over 75% of FIRST students find themselves in a STEM field as a student or professional after graduating high school.

Click here to learn more about the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019.



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