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Sen. Jeff Sessions Blasts Reid and Pelosi for Stripping E-Verify from Stimulus Package

Sen. Jeff Sessions

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Earlier today, Senator Jeff Sessions delivered a speech on the Senate floor attempting to add E-Verify back into the bill, citing studies from Heritage and the Center for Immigration Studies that said several hundred thousand stimulus jobs will go to illegal aliens. Sessions urged a floor vote, saying that E-Verify would more than likely pass a vote in the Senate.

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Stimulus Conference Committee Strips E-Verify Protections for American Workers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) issued a press release tonight decrying the removal of House-passed E-Verify worker protections from the conference committee report, which could be voted on as early as tomorrow. He notes that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were responsible. See Roy Beck's blog for more commentary on this injustice.

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Congressional Conferees to Decide Fate of E-Verify Amendments on Stimulus Package

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Leaders from both the House and Senate began meeting on Tuesday night and will continue to meet on Wednesday to try and reach a compromise between the two different versions of the economic stimulus package. The House version contains two E-Verify amendments, which would extend the worker verification tool for another five years and require all businesses using stimulus money to use it. The Senate version does not contain the amendments.

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Senate Stimulus Passes and Allows for the Hiring of Illegal Aliens

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The Senate has passed an $838 billion economic stimulus package with a vote of 61-37. The Senate bill as it stands allows for the hiring of illegal aliens. The House and Senate will now confer to come up with a unified proposal that will then need approval from both the House and Senate before being sent to the President.

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