Friday, November 30, 2012

House Passed STEM Jobs Act as Anticipated, 245:139 Majority

Rejecting Rep. Zoe Lofgren's motion to refer the bill to the House Judiciary, the House floor passed this bill. Surprisingly, some Democrats joined the Republicans in passing this bill. However, the chance for this bill in the Democratic Senate is grim. Besides, should this bill pass both Houses, the President may veto this bill.

It could have been interesting if the Senate would have passed it with amendment deleting the part eliminating diversity immigration lottery program and toss it back to the House. However, even this hypothetical scenario after will not work since the Lame Duck Congress will shut down after
December 14, 2012 and this Congress will sunset at the end of the year with the death of tons of unresolved pending bills.

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