House Passes STEM Bill
Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 at 16:28 pm
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6429), which would create a visa program for graduates of science, technology, engineering, and math post-secondary education programs by taking visas from the Diversity Visa Lottery program. "It pains me greatly that I cannot support this bill," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who said that the bill would eventually result in fewer visas issued because far fewer than 50,000 degrees are given every year to foreigners in eligible STEM fields, and the bill does not allow unused visas to be transferred to other programs. The vote fell generally among party lines, with only five Republicans voting against the measure. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to fail. Learn more.