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December 16, 2005

Key vote for U.S. Chamber of Commerce against HR 4437

House GOP’s Split on Immigration Apparently Sinks Scheduled Legislation, By Alex Wayne, CQ Staff

"House GOP leaders scrambled Thursday afternoon to salvage a border security and immigration bill that appeared headed to defeat because of objections from several factions of Republicans.
The drama began early Thursday, as Republican engaged in a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war among themselves over non-binding language that supporters of a guest worker program want inserted in the bill.

The dispute delayed consideration of the bill, and House leaders began debate on a pension measure instead as they worked out the situation.

The flap revolved around language that Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was trying to insert in the measure (HR 4437). Flake’s single “sense of Congress” sentence would express support for a program to provide a “legal channel” to bring foreign workers into the country. Republicans opposed to the language interpreted it as support for a guest-worker visa, an issue that is divisive among the GOP".

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 16, 2005 06:53 AM

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