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STEM Jobs Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas. I rise today in support of the STEM Jobs Act, and I thank Chairman Smith for his leadership.

Mr. Speaker, I want to tell you about some job creators in my district who would benefit from this bill. Welspun Tubular, which made the pipes for the Keystone pipeline, needs advanced STEM graduates to train workers. Power Technology needs highly skilled workers to design, develop, and manufacture laser products. These companies have struggled to find the specific talent they need, and this bill would help them create jobs.

We are currently educating highly skilled Ph.D.'s and masters and are sending them back home to compete against us after they graduate. That's like Arkansas recruiting the best college football players from Texas, training them on our offense and sending them back to Texas to compete against us. That doesn't make any sense. Let's fix it. Let's pass this bill.


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