Immigration reform has been expected to be a hot topic this year and already a group of bipartisan senators has unveiled plans to introduce a bill that would address the shortage of high-skilled workers in the United States. The bill, set to be introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL.), Chris Coons (D-DE.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), is the first major immigration reform bill of the 113th Congress and it seems to be a strong first step toward dealing with the skills gap in the United States.
82 percent of manufacturers have reported medium to serious difficulty in finding the skilled workers they need. The NAM has partnered with the inSPIRE STEM USA Coalition to implement H1B visa reform while improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the United States. That way we can make sure that manufacturers have access to the educated and skilled workers they need today while ensuring that we will have plenty of homegrown talent working towards careers in those fields.