House Advances Visa Reform Bill, Sets Up Friday Vote

The Hill
November 29, 2012

The House voted Thursday to advance a visa reform bill that Republicans say would help keep talented foreign students in the United States, but which Democrats say would needlessly eliminate another key visa program.

Members voted 243-170 in favor of a rule for H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act. That bill would eliminate a visa program for countries with low rates of emigration to the United States, and hand those visas to foreign students with degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Approval of the rule sets up 90 minutes of debate, which will happen on Friday just before the House is expected to approve the legislation.

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