Published: September 21, 2012
Remember when the House used to pass a bill, and the Senate would pass its own version of the legislation, and then leadership would appoint a conference committee, and they'd hammer out a compromise?
The amended legislation would then be brought up to both chambers for a vote, and if it passed, it would go to the president for his signature or veto?
The House bill is H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act. On a vote of 257-158 on Thursday, it failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass under suspension of the rules. Its sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary Committe, issued a statement following the vote, "Smith on STEM Jobs Act Vote: Democrats Vote Against Jobs and Economy ."
Business Roundtable issued a release today on the bill's failure to advance, "Business Roundtable Expresses Disappointment at Failed Effort to Welcome More of World’s Best and Brightest Innovators ....." Excerpt:
“Increasing access to green cards for foreign-born innovators – especially those we educate in U.S. universities – has long been a priority for Business Roundtable. The House missed an opportunity to help jumpstart the U.S. economy and create American jobs, but it should just be a short-lived setback,” said Business Roundtable President John Engler. “It makes no sense to welcome highly educated talent into our universities and then shut them out of our innovation economy.”