NEC signs on to inSPIRE STEM USA letter to HELP Committee

Letter urges support for I-Squared Bill to close STEM skills gap

inSPIRE STEM USA logoAs a a member of inSPIRE STEM USA, The New England Council signed on to a letter in support of the Immigration Innovation Act, or “I-Squared,” that was sent this week to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee.  The letter stresses the need to develop our domestic STEM workforce here in U.S. to meet the ever-increasing demand for skilled workers in these fields.

The Council recently joined inSPIRE STEM USA to advocate for the passage of I-Squared, which is co-sponsored by New England Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The bill addresses the shortage of highly-skilled STEM workers in the U.S. with both a short-term and a long-term solution.  In the short term, the legislation increases the cap on H-1B visas and STEM green cards to enable more foreign-born STEM workers to remain in the US to fill jobs in the STEM fields.  In the long term, I-squared re-allocates the fees collected from those H-1B visas and STEM green cards to fund STEM education programs administered by the states to develop a domestic pipeline of STEM workers.

Click here to view the letter to the Senate HELP Committee.

Click here for more information on the I-Squared Bill.

Click here for more information in inSPIRE STEM USA. 

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