Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) introduced an amendment to the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would require federal contractors to use E-Verify and permanently reauthorize the workplace verification tool, which is set to expire this fall. The Senate is expected to vote on the amendment on Wednesday.
Sessions offered a five-year E-Verify extension to the omnibus spending bill in March, but the amendment was tabled by a 47-to-50 vote (see tracker to the right).
E-Verify has been endorsed by members of the Obama Administration, including DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
"The Administration strongly supports E-Verify as a cornerstone of worksite enforcement and will work to continually improve the program to ensure it is the best tool available to prevent and deter the hiring of persons who are not authorized to work in the United States," Napolitano said.
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) offered a similar amendment to the House version of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, requiring the mandatory use of E-Verify, but it was defeated in committee. An amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that would prevent DHS funding used to employ illegal workers as defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act passed during a floor vote.
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Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 11:27am EST