The United States is losing out on a pool of technical professionals who could energize American industries or create new high-tech businesses.
Students from overseas come to America for graduate school. But when they complete their studies, they often are forced to return to their home countries rather than going to work for U.S. companies because they are unable to obtain the proper work visa.
To prevent that kind of brain drain, the House passed the STEM Jobs Act by a vote of 245-139 with strong bipartisan support. Hoosier Reps. Todd Rokita and Todd Young both voted yes. Reps. Mike Pence and Dan Burton did not vote.
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