Last month, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill with 68 votes, but Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the bill was “dead on arrival” in the House. Instead the House is expected to take up several smaller bills aimed at various parts of immigration reform. Moran said Congress passes better legislation when it’s done in “a manageable size.”
Moran said he hopes language on visas for entrepreneurs would be agreed to in both chambers. He said he tried to add his START UP Act 3.0 to the Senate bill, but that his amendment was blocked.
Moran’s bill would increase the number of visas for PhD graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) fields who want to stay in the United States after graduating. It would also provide visas to foreign entrepreneurs who want to bring their businesses to the U.S. He said his bill would increase gross domestic product by 1.5 percent.