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December 05, 2006

This Week in Congress; Scope of Lame Duck Still Uncertain

The House and Senate will reconvene next Tuesday, December 5, for a final session of the 109th Congress that could conclude as early as next Friday or continue through much of December. The length of the session - and the prospects for passage of positive immigration measures - will depend upon how Congress decides to handle fiscal 2007 spending legislation. GOP leadership has expressed an unwillingness to engage in lengthy debates over appropriations bills, and instead hopes to quickly pass a continuing resolution (CR) to extend low levels of funding into the new year.

Plans to pass a CR in lieu of any further appropriations work would frustrate attempts by immigration advocates to enact positive immigration provisions - such as H-1B visa and employment-based green card relief - during the lame duck session, since any immigration measures would need to be passed as part of an appropriations bill. However, Democrats and Republican appropriators oppose deferral of the spending bills and would prefer to see appropriations legislation completed during December. If these legislators succeed in bringing one or more appropriations bills to the Floor, advocates will still have a chance to push for positive immigration measures.

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Posted by VisaLawyer at December 5, 2006 08:26 AM


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