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Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) will be the new chair of the House Judiciary Committee in the next Congress, according to CQ.com.

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Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) will be the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the next Congress, according to CQ.com.

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While Tuesday’s election preserved the Congressional “status quo,” with the Democrats holding the Senate and Republicans retaining control of the House, significant changes to the committee make-up of both chambers appear likely.

The House’s committee make-up, in particular, is subject to major changes in part due to the large influx of new members in the last 2 elections, according to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) 2012 Election Analysis:

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President Obama signed into law the six-month continuing resolution (CR) recently passed by the House and the Senate that will fund the federal government between October 1 – the beginning of FY 13 – and March 27.

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The House of Representative on Thursday rejected House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6429), a measure that would have created a visa program for international graduates earning advanced degrees in the STEM fields from U.S. institutions, CQ.com reports.

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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) last week introduced the “Student Visa Integrity Act” (S. 3527), a bill that would install harsher penalties for individuals misusing the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), would deny certain institutions access to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), and would mandate certification of institutions enrolling international students [the Alliance reported].

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The House and Senate are expected to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2013, funding the federal government from October 1 through March 27. The House Appropriations Committee has released its draft version of the CR, H.J. Res. 117, and the full House is expected to pass the CR at the end of this week, with the Senate likely to follow next week.

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Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) has sponsored and introduced in the House of Representatives the “Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012” that aims to increase collaborative research and science exchanges between the U.S. and eligible countries across the globe.

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A number of pieces of legislation dealing with visa issues—proposed by members of both parties and in both the House and Senate—are currently circulating in Congress. These various bills can be difficult to keep straight, so below is a brief guide to help:

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Congressional leaders announced they have agreed to pursue a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government from October through March 2013, CQ.com reports.

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