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November 14, 2007

Congress to Continue Wrestling with Appropriations Bills

This week Congress will furiously attempt to make headway on the remaining appropriations bills before a two week recess begins this Friday, November 16.

A conference committee, tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (H.R. 3093/S.1745), is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 14. The conferees will have to decide the fate of an immigration-related amendment (S.AMDT. 3311) offered by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) that would extend the "returning worker exemption" in the H-2B program for fiscal year 2008. Though the amendment has reportedly been stricken from the final bill, the ultimate fate of the Mikulski amendment will not be confirmed until the conference takes place, and the conference report is made available.

Democratic leaders want to send a final bill to the president by the end of the week; the White House has threatened a veto because of the bill's spending levels.

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 14, 2007 07:22 PM


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