To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2005, and for other purposes.
H.R. 4166, the American Workforce Improvement and Jobs Protection Act, would exempt from the annual H-1B cap aliens holding a Master's degree or higher, up to 20,000. However, the bill would have reinstated tougher employer attestation requirements, a $1,000 application fee, and Labor Department investigative authorities, that expired in the fall of 2003.
H.R. 4052, the Save Summer Act, would increase the annual cap for 2004 on H-2B visas for low-skill, temporary foreign workers by 40,000.
H.R. 4041 would remove the numerical cap on H-2B visas for 2004.
H.R. 4011, the North Korean Human Rights Act, would make it easier for North Koreans to seek refugee status in the United States.
H.R. 3918, the Comprehensive Immigration Fairness Reform Act, would create an amnesty for illegal aliens who have been physically present in the U.S. for five years and have never been convicted of a criminal offense. In addition to this general amnesty, H.R. 3918 included special amnesties for Haitians and Liberians. The bill would also increase the cap on lottery visas from 55,000 to 110,000 annually.
To provide effective training and education programs for displaced homemakers, single parents, and individuals entering nontraditional employment.
To amend section 1011 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to impose conditions on Federal reimbursement of emergency health services furnished to undocumented aliens.
H.R. 3674, the Financial Customer Identification Verification Improvement Act, would have made it harder for illegal aliens to gain government services and to otherwise profit from their illegal activity by prohibiting banks from accepting foreign issued IDs (except for passports) for purposes of verifying the identity of a person who opens an account at a financial institution.