Senator Jeff Sessions and Senator Charles Grassley have offered three amendments to a tourism bill is being debated on the Senate floor. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (S.1023) would establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States. NumbersUSA is not taking a stance on the bill itself, but we do support these three amendments.
Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) is offering two of the three amendments. The first (SA 1307) would extend E-Verify for another five years. His second amendment (SA 1308) would be a permanent re-extension for E-Verify and make it mandatory for any federal contractors receiving economic stimulus funds or TARP money.
Sen. Grassley's (R-Iowa) amendment (SA 1346) would require the mandatory use of E-Verify for any business entering into a contract with the federal government.
The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 actually has nothing to do with immigration, however, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is allowing non-germane amendments (amendments that have nothing to do with the subject matter of the bill) to be considered. It is unclear whether or not Sen. Reid will continue to allow debate of the bill and its amendments.
You'll find an Urgent fax to send to your Senators on your Action Buffet, asking them to support the Sessions/Grassley amendments.
Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 11:50am EST