Immigration Reform Clears First Hurdle

By May 22, 2013Immigration

The Senate Judiciary Committee completed work on S. 744 last night, which sets up consideration by the full Senate in June. The vote was 13-5 and demonstrated bi-partisan support for the framework. Prior to passage, the committee adopted an amendment negotiated by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), which would address critical aspects of the H-1B visa provisions of the bill.

The NAM joined the U.S. Chamber in sending a letter of support for Senator Hatch’s amendment to all members of the Judiciary Committee. In June, the Senate will take up a comprehensive immigration package that contains the following: increased access to high-skilled talent; increased legal access to lower-skilled workers; a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented; and an enhanced verification program with protections for employers acting in good faith. The NAM is anticipating vigorous debate on this legislation over the summer in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.


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