H.R. 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Passes the House of Representatives

On November 30, 2012, The House of Representatives debated and voted on a modified version of H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act.   H.R. 6429 passed by a of vote of 245 – 139, with 218 Republicans and 27 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.  The measure now moves to the Senate for possible consideration, although it is unlikely it will be taken up during the lame duck session.  Many Democrats oppose the bill because it ends a “diversity visa” program that provide 55,000 annual visas for people from countries with low immigration rates. Many hope that it’s passage could serve as part of the negotiations on immigration reform when a new Congress reconvenes in January.

The White House issued a “Statement of Administration Policy” on November 28, 2012 opposing H.R. 6429, stating “the Administration is deeply committed to building a 21st-century immigration system that meets the Nation’s economic and security needs through common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform.”  Furthermore, ” the Administration does not support narrowly tailored proposals that do not meet the President’s long-term objectives with respect to comprehensive immigration reform.”

Click the following links for text of the bill and changes made on November 20, 2012.

The Law Offices of Dayna Kelly will continue to update its readers on immigration reform.

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