The Senate Finance Committee is considering amendments to Committee Chairman Max Baucus' health care reform proposal, and they defeated an immigration-related amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Jon Kyl. The amendments would have required applicants for Medicaid or tax subsidies to show a government-issued photo ID. They were both defeated along party lines.
Sen. Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Services, asking the department's director to hold employers accountable for extensive fraud and abuse in the H-1B visa program. H-1B visas are issued to high-skilled workers and an internal assessment last year found the fraud and abuse.
The debate over Sen. Jim DeMint's border fence amendment is stalling the reconciliation of the 2010 Homeland Security spending bill. Sen. DeMint's amendment requires the completion of the fence along the Southwest border and was approved by the Senate, but the House leadership is reluctant to support the measure.