|For Immediate Release
September 19, 2012
Contact: Jessica Baker, (202) 225-3951
Broad Coalition Calls for Bipartisan Passage of STEM Jobs Act
Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of over 100 national associations, U.S. employers, and state and local associations today asked for bipartisan passage of the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429). This bill, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), helps boost job creation and spurs economic growth by allowing the U.S. to retain the best and brightest foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The STEM Jobs Act will be considered by the House of Representatives tomorrow. Below is the letter text.
“The undersigned organizations ask for bipartisan passage in the 112th Congress of the STEM Jobs Act of 2012, H.R. 6429, to establish a new green card program for STEM advanced degree graduates. Such a reform will allow the American economy to spur innovation and create high paying manufacturing and research jobs here in America.
“America has been greatly enriched by the contributions of gifted engineers, researchers, and scientists from around the world who have chosen to come here to study and innovate. However, our immigration system has failed to adapt in ways that help ensure we maintain this advantage. Each year, graduate students who complete advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from America’s top universities are offered jobs here by U.S. employers. H.R. 6429 recognizes that hiring advanced degree STEM professionals is a key to creating and retaining jobs in a variety of sectors in our innovation economy. These are highly educated professionals who will create jobs wherever they settle, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere.
“Together, the undersigned represent many American employers who hire these highly educated professionals, as well as American high tech employees, and trade and professional organizations. Our organizations support prioritizing the issuance of green card status for those earning STEM degrees from American graduate schools. H.R. 6429 does this, while also continuing to condition green card sponsorship upon the offer of terms, conditions and wages appropriate for similarly situated professionals in the occupation and confirmation that qualified American workers are unavailable.
“Our organizations appreciate the strong and sustained bipartisan congressional work on this vitally important issue. We urge the Congress to work together before adjournment to deliver this critical, timely reform of our legal immigration system.”
To read the coalition’s letter, visit http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/STEM/Multi%20Industry%20STEM%2009192012.pdf
For more information on the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429), visit http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/issues_STEM%20Jobs%20Act.html
Below is a list of organizations and employers that signed the letter.
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Council on International Personnel
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Compete America Coalition
Consumer Electronics Association
CTIA - TheWireless Association
HR Policy Association
Information Technology Industry Council
National Association of Manufacturers
National Foreign Trade Council
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
Semiconductor Industry Association
Society for Human Resource Management
Software & Information Industry Association
Telecommunications Industry Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Steve Case and Revolution LLC
Concord Servicing Corporation
Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
Ludlum Measurements, Inc.
Manor Tool & Mfg. Co.
Marvell Technology Group
Maxim Integrated Products
Meadow Mills, Inc.
Oxford Consulting Group
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
SBG Technology Solutions
Texas Instruments Incorporated
The ASCII Group, Inc.
Uniweld Products Inc.
State and Local Associations
Arizona Technology Council
Bay Area Council
Bay Area Council Economic Institute
CEO Council for Growth
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Connecticut Technology Council
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce
Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
Greater Louisville, Inc
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
Illinois Technology Association
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Joliet Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
New Jersey Technology Council
New York Technology Council
North Country Chamber of Commerce
Overland Park (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Prince William (VA) Chamber of Commerce
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Tech Collective (Rhode Island)
Technology Association of Georgia
Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
The Committee of 100 (Delaware)
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber