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Statement on Senator Ayotte’s Endorsement of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Statement by Beneva Schulte, Executive Director, inSPIRE STEM USA Washington, D.C. – Senator Kelly Ayotte’s (R-NH) endorsement of comprehensive immigration reform is a significant step to fixing America’s broken immigration system. inSPIRE STEM USA praises Senator Ayotte for her support of more investment in science, technology, engineering, math and computer sciences in our schools and her leadership for taking on the complex issues associated with immigration reform. America needs to modernize its immigration system. Passage of comprehensive immigration will move America on an economic path of creating more U.S. jobs and provide access to highly-skilled workers to help grow and… Read More »


inSPIRE STEM USA Announces Support for House Immigration Bill

Legislation Includes National STEM Education Fund Washington, D.C. – inSPIRE STEM USA Co-Chairs John E. Sununu and Maria Cardona praised the high-skilled immigration bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Thursday, saying the coalition’s members would put their full weight behind a national fund to improve the nation’s science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science education system. Rep. Issa’s bill comes a week after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan amendment from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) that strengthened the fund designed for states to improve their STEM education programs…. Read More »


Statement from Beneva Schulte on Schumer and Hatch Deal on Immigration Bill

Washington, D.C. – “Senator Schumer and Senator Hatch’s deal to ease restrictions on the number of H-1B visas issued annually is an important step toward effectively addressing the nation’s STEM jobs crisis. The progress of this important legislation, which includes a national STEM fund, also means that we are moving forward with strengthening America’s STEM education pipeline. We believe that a more robust STEM fund will benefit students, businesses and communities throughout the U.S. We applaud the senators for this bipartisan agreement and their overall work on this bill.” Contact: Tony Welch twelch@inspirestemusa.org 202-777-0676


inSPIRE STEM USA Adds Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) as Newest Member

Coalition Continues Support of Including a National STEM Fund in Immigration Reform Legislation Washington, D.C. – The inSPIRE (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education) STEM USA coalition announced the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) as its newest member on Thursday. Earlier this week, the coalition, which now has 48 members, praised the Senate Judiciary Committee’s adoption of an amendment from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) that establishes a national fund for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science education. The fund would assist states in strengthening their education in… Read More »


inSPIRE STEM USA Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Members for Support of Strengthening STEM Education in U.S.

Committee Endorses STEM Funding Amendment from Hatch, Klobuchar and Coons Washington, D.C. – The inSPIRE STEM USA coalition said the Senate Judiciary Committee’s adoption of a measure by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) shows the senate’s commitment to a long-term solution to solving the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs and education crisis. “Today the Senate Judiciary Committee took an important step for the nation’s economy and for its education system by advancing a measure that provides an unprecedented level of support for STEM education nationwide,” said inSPIRE STEM USA Co-Chair and… Read More »


Statement from Maria Cardona on Senate Judiciary Committee Markup of Immigration Bill

STEM Fund Amendment Crucial to Filling Growing Number of STEM Jobs “The Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of the immigration bill on Tuesday will be an important step toward determining how to address the nation’s high-skill worker shortage. At the same time, the senators will decide if an amendment that establishes a national STEM education fund will shape the nature of a long-term fix to this shortage. “Strengthening the nation’s STEM education pipeline will require a robust STEM education fund, like that established in the amendment from Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, and Coons. There will be more than 8.6 million STEM-related jobs… Read More »


inSPIRE STEM USA Executive Director Beneva Schulte Statement on Immigration Bill Amendment from Sens. Hatch, Klobuchar, and Coons

Coalition Praises Amendment for Boost to National STEM Education Fund “The amendment to the immigration legislation Tuesday offered by Sens. Hatch, Klobuchar and Coons includes a significant increase to a national account that would provide each state with new funds to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and computer science fields. The inSPIRE STEM USA coalition believes the amendment will have a powerful impact on education in communities throughout the country. “With a new fee on employers seeking to hire foreign workers through green cards, each state would be provided new funds to strengthen educational programs to… Read More »


Twenty-Seven Chambers of Commerce Call for Strong STEM Fund as Part of Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. – Noting the impact of workers trained in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science on American businesses, 27 state and local chambers of commerce announced today they were joining forces to encourage Congressional leaders to include a national STEM education fund as part of immigration reform. In a letter sent to U.S. Senators on Thursday, the chambers said the national shortage of workers in STEM and computer science fields were “holding back business growth” and that increased H-1B visas were just part of the solution. The business leaders said a national STEM fund would be… Read More »


EMC Corporation, National Math + Science Initiative, and National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Join inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition

Washington, D.C. – The inSPIRE (Supporting Productive Immigration Reform and Education) STEM USA coalition announced the addition of three new members – EMC Corporation, National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), and the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) – on Wednesday as the coalition continues its push for a national fund in immigration reform for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science education. While the recent bi-partisan Senate immigration proposal includes a STEM fund, inSPIRE STEM USA is urging lawmakers to include a more robust funding stream to improve STEM education in the states. Several… Read More »


inSPIRE STEM USA Executive Director Beneva Schulte: Economic Policy Institute’s Study Misses on STEM Jobs, Education

Washington, D.C. – “In a sea of studies that claim otherwise, the Economic Policy Institute’s report is an inaccurate portrayal of America’s STEM shortage and a shortsighted unwillingness to accept the economic realities of what is taking place with America’s high-skilled workforce today. “Overall, the number of STEM graduates has increased but with the growth of technology and IT businesses in the U.S. the increase is not keeping pace with employers’ needs making the STEM crisis very real and one America cannot afford to ignore. “With 120,000 new computer science jobs expected each year through 2018, and just 40,000 bachelor’s… Read More »


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