November 30, 2012
by The Register

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to provide 55,000 visas per year to non-citizens who graduate from US universities with advanced degrees in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The legislation, however, is opposed [1] by President Obama and has a snowball's chance in hell of being approved by the Democratic-controlled US Senate. As might have been expected, Obama's opposition to the bill has earned him brickbats from right-leaning media [2].

The House bill, H.R. 6429 [3] – aka the "STEM Jobs Act of 2012" – was sponsored by Representative Lamar Smith [4] (R-TX) and cosponsored by 68 other representatives [5], all of whom being Republicans except for Henry Cuellar [6] (D-TX), a member of the Democratic party's fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition [7].

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