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STEM Jobs Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. JONES. Mr. Speaker, today, the House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act. This bill would terminate the visa lottery program (diversity immigrant program) and allocate those visas to foreign graduates in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees. I am highly supportive of ending the visa lottery program. However, at a time when so many Americans are unemployed in my district and all over the country and when American college graduates cannot find jobs, I cannot, in good conscience, vote to give American jobs to foreigners. That is why I plan to vote against the STEM Jobs Act. As always, I will continue to support legislation that enforces our laws and secures our borders.

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