High-Skilled Visa Bill Fails to Pass House
"A House bill to increase visas for immigrants with American degrees in the science, technology, engineering and medicine fields was shot down Thursday. At 257-158, it failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority to pass," the Houston Chronicle reports.
"'Unfortunately, Democrats today voted to send the best and brightest foreign graduates back home to work for our global competitors,' the bill's sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said in a statement. 'Democrats voted against a bill that helps American businesses hire the most qualified foreign graduates with advanced STEM degrees. Their vote against this bill is a vote against economic growth and job creation.'"