To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, to eliminate the diversity immigrant program, and for other purposes.<br> <br>... Read More
Sep 15, 2012
September 19, 2012 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, strongly supports H.R. 6429, the “STEM Jobs Act of 2012,” which would spur innovation and create high paying manufacturing and research jobs in the U.S. by establishing a new green card program for advanced degree graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). America has been greatly enriched by the contributions of gifted engineers, researchers, and scientists from around the world who have chosen to come here to study and innovate. However, the U.S. immigration system has failed to adapt in ways that would help ensure the U.S. maintains this advantage. Each year, graduate students who complete advanced STEM degrees from America’s top universities are offered jobs here by U.S. employers, yet tens of thousands of them ultimately take their ideas and skills to other countries because of inadequacies in the immigration system. H.R. 6429 would bolster American competitiveness by allocating up to 55,000 green cards a year so these skilled innovators will create new jobs and products here in America rather than elsewhere. It is important to note that these green cards may only be approved following a labor market certification process. This process requires employers to demonstrate that qualified American workers are not available for the position in question, consistent with the terms, conditions and wages offered similarly situated professionals in the occupation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports H.R. 6429, the “STEM Jobs Act of 2012.” The Chamber urges you to vote in favor of the “STEM Jobs Act of 2012” and may consider including votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 6429 in our annual How They Voted scorecard.
September 19, 2012 Dear Representatives: On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I write to oppose the STEM Jobs Act of 2012, legislation that would eliminate 55,000 permanent immigration visas from an existing visa program and provide those visas to foreign graduates of American universities with expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To be clear, USCCB is not opposed to an increase in STEM visas. However, we strongly prefer to see Congress authorize additional visas for this purpose rather than eliminate existing visa programs. Our nation should not limit itself in attracting newcomers who can help contribute to our economic and cultural growth. Thank you for your consideration of our views.
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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, to eliminate the diversity immigrant program, and for other purposes.<br><br /> <br><br /> This bill is provisionally dead due to a failed vote on September 20, 2012 under a fast-track procedure called "suspension." (<a href="http://judiciary.house.gov/news/pdfs/Draft%20STEM%20Bill.pdf">Read bill text</a>.)