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Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:45 PMUpdated: Aug 19, 2014 2:45 PM

Lankford Tour Siemens

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Jon Eastman

Congressman and U.S. Senatorial Candidate James Lankford toured Siemens Tuesday afternoon. After an overview of plant operations, Lankford was given a tour of the facility on the west side of Bartlesville. During his time at the plant, Lankford learned more about the work done at Siemens and how changes in the economy affect the plant. During an open Q & A session, Lankford asked what problems were being faced at Siemens and what he could do to help overcome those problems. One problem brought up was the difficulty in hiring STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math, employees because of restrictions on hiring from out of the US. Lankford pointed to legislation that would have allowed green cards to students from outside of the US who graduate with a STEM degree that was killed in the US Senate. Closer to home, Lankford also applauded Phillips 66 for its donation of 1.7 million dollars for STEM education in Bartlesville. Lankford is taking time to visit as many of his constituents as he can before returning to Washington D.C.

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