The STEM Jobs Act would end the diversity lottery green card program and allocate as many as 55,000 green cards per year to eligible foreign graduates with advanced degrees from U.S. universities. The green cards first be made available to foreign graduates with doctorates, and then to foreign graduates with master's degrees.
There is bipartisan agreement on the need for STEM visas, and this bill would have been a meaningful and sensible step to promote the legal immigration that our country needs. I hear from business leaders in Indiana all the time about the constant demand for high-skilled workers in the STEM fields, such as our medical device industry. Through our state universities like Purdue, Hoosier taxpayers invest significant resources in educating the best and brightest students from other countries, only to see them return overseas after they graduate. We need to keep these graduates here so that Indiana and the rest of the country can benefit from their talents.
Failed: 257-158 (2/3 of present and voting members needed for passage on this vote, under suspension of the rules)
I voted Yea.