2016 Presidential Science, Tech, Health, and Environmental Forum

What are the top science, tech, health, and environmental questions the candidates for president should answer?

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A) Be sure to vote on existing questions.
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C) Provide more detail in a 2-part format:
1) Declarative statement (1-2 sentences max) describing the situation and context, followed by
2) Question (1 sentence) asking what they will do about it if elected.

FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE FROM 2012:
What priority will you give to funding scientific research?
Federally funded research has helped to produce America’s major postwar economies and to ensure our national security, but today the UK, Singapore, China, and Korea are making competitive investments in research. Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?

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  1. Do you support changes in the H1-B visa program to preserve job opportunities for American-trained scientists and engineers?

    Corporations commonly complain of a "STEM shortage," as justification for increased immigration of foreign-trained guest workers. The reality is that American-trained biomedical scientists are vastly underemployed, while guest workers take the available jobs with lower pay, driving down wages and dissuading students from pursuing STEM careers.

    As President, would you support changes to the H1-B visa program to halt this race to the bottom and maintain the historical strength of the American Science and Technology Ecosystem?

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    • Do you promote legislation that would raise H-1B visa caps and exempt those who hold advanced STEM degrees from counting against the caps?

      Highly skilled, foreign-born workers who have been educated at U.S. colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are engines of entrepreneurship and economic growth. Keeping foreign-born STEM graduates in the United States is vital to ensuring economic prosperity throughout the aerospace and defense sector and enhancing that sector’s contributions to U.S. competitiveness.

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      • Are immigration policies increasing the supply of STEM manpower harmful or beneficial?

        Many government policies (H-1 visas; extended training visas for STEM graduates from U.S. universities) increase the supply of STEM manpower in the country, and simultaneously depress the salaries of professionals in these disciplines, the employers' claim notwithstanding. These policies are usually justified on the grounds of manpower shortages, and the need to bolster American competitiveness in the global economy. Does the POTUS-to-be believe (a) that the country has manpower shortages in STEM fields so that it is inadvisable to alter the above-mentioned policies, or (b) that the country has adequate STEM manpower and has short-changed itself by reducing the attractiveness…

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