Congress cleared for the President's signature the economic stimulus bill (H.R. 1), which excludes E-Verify protections for American workers. The Senate finalized action late tonight after Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the 60th vote needed to pass the bill, returned from his mother's funeral in his state.
As you will note in NumbersUSA President Roy Beck's blog, it now appears that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce failed in its attempt to strip from the conference committee report an unopposed amendment by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that protects American workers. The amendment prevents bailout-funded banks from replacing American workers with unneeded H-1B foreign workers. This is some solace in an otherwise sad effort to create jobs for American workers in the face of an unrelenting importation of foreign workers that negates those very efforts.
Congress has adjourned for the Presidents' Day recess, but please send a fax to your representatives expressing your outrage at the exclusion of E-Verify from the stimulus package.
Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 11:43am EST