Powerful Senator Chuck Schumer who is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee has released his version of STEM bill "BRAINS Act" which is somewhat close to the Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren bill in the House in that it gives 50,000 new STEM visas, but unlike the Rep. Smith bill, will not eliminate the immigration lottery program and rather add some restrictions to the for-profit employers sponsoring such STEM immigration petitions.
STEM bill, even if it passes in the Republican House day after
tomorrow, 09/20/2012, the Democratic Senate will not pass the
Smith bill as it is now and more or less support the concept
of Rep. Zoe Lofgren's proposal which has suffered slapping in
the face by the Republican House that will put the Republican
bill on the floor for vote as soon as the bill is introduced
tomorrow. while the Lofgren.s bill has been ignored in scheduling
for either hearing or putting on the voting in the Republican
For the reasons, it is speculated that the STEM bill will go
nowhere before the national election. Both parties are just reacting
to the mounting political pressures from high tech industry.