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November 25, 2005

House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill, Continued Advocacy Needed as Bills Move Toward Conference

The House, on November 18, 2005, passed its $49.9 billion budget reconciliation package (H.R. 4241) by a vote of 217-215. The two chambers will now form a conference committee to resolve the differences between their respective bills. The Senate bill (S. 1932) provides relief from the H-1B blackout and EB immigrant visa retrogression (for details, go to: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=17969). The House bill imposes a new $1,500 fee on L visas without any attendant relief. The conference could take place as early as the first week of December, when lawmakers return from Thanksgiving recess. Your continued advocacy efforts are critical to ensure that the Senate's proposal survives the Senate-House conference. Please send a letter to your legislators using the model letter available on Contact Congress at: http://capwiz.com/aila2/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=8185761. In addition, please urge your clients to FAX a letter to their lawmakers (on company letterhead) in support of the Senate's proposal, using the Contact Congress letter as a guide. You can look up congressional fax numbers at: http://capwiz.com/aila2/dbq/officials/.

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 25, 2005 12:15 PM


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