Washington, D.C. ñToday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted in favor of H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act, a bipartisan bill that will boost global competitiveness, generate more jobs, and stimulate our economy by enhancing the green card system for foreign graduates of American universities who obtain degrees in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. This bill would cancel the current visa lottery program and redistribute approximately 55,000 green cards to the most qualified graduates of American universities with these specific degrees. The objective of the bill is to preserve American ingenuity, strengthen our economy, and give these talented students a chance to call America ìhomeî.
ìWhen we are training students from all around the world at American universities, they learn our secrets to ingenuity. Instead of sending them back overseas to compete against us, we should give them a chance to stay here and create the next Google or Apple. America has always been the birthplace of innovation, letís keep it that way.î