2014: Vote on Cruz Point of Order Motion to CRomnibus to defund Pres. Obama's executive amnesties
2014: Cosponsored S. 2619, the Children Returning on an Expedited and Safe Timeline Act, introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
2014: Cosponsored S. 2611, the HUMANE Act, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
2013: Cosponsored S. 2632 introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)
2013: Vote on Cloture Motion to end debate of S. 744, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
2013: Vote on Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (begin debate) to S. 744, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
1990: Senate floor vote on S. 358, the Immigration Act of 1990, introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
2013: Senate Judiciary Committee vote on S. 744, the Gang of Eight's amnesty, introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
2015: Senate motion to begin debate on S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
2015: Sponsored S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
S. 3100, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, would help end sanctuary policies that aim to protect criminal aliens. The bill would define sanctuary jurisdictions as any state or local jurisdiction that fails to communicate with federal immigration agents and refuses to comply with detainer requests. The bill would also block certain federal funds from sanctuary cities and shield local police from liability when acting on behalf of a federal immigration request.
Senate Floor Vote on S. 358 in 1990
S. 358 radically increased annual immigration numbers. Traditional American immigration had averaged around 250,000 a year until the 1980s when it dramatically rose to around 500,000. Then in 1990 Congress passed legislation that removed or increased limits in most immigration categories. Since then, immigration has risen to around 1,000,000 (one million) a year. The bill passed 81-17.
2016: Sponsored S. 2440 introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
A bill to provide access to counsel for unaccompanied children and other vulnerable populations.
S. 2435, the Defend America Act of 2015, would halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria or Iraq. It would also require the Department of Homeland Security to send information on refugees to the states before being resettled.
S. 2395 would open state assistance for incarcerating aliens charged with certain crimes (no longer just conviction) as well as aliens for whom immigration status is unable to be verified. The House companion bill is H.R. 5035.
S. 2365, the Protecting American Jobs Act, would reduce the number of H-1Bs issued each year by 15,000 and require DHS issue visas on the basis of descending salaries.
S. 2284, the Syrian Refugee Verification and Safety Act, would halt Syrian refugees from being resettled in the U.S. until Congress passes a joint resolution.
S. 2161, the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 2015, would allow Liberian nationals to adjust to permanent resident status if they: (1) have been continuously present in the United States between January 1, 2013, through the date of status adjustment application; or (2) is the spouse, child, or unmarried son or daughter of such an alien.
S. 2160, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2015, would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who enlist in the military. It's estimated that approximately 40,000 would receive amnesty under this legislation.
S. 2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, would withhold certain federal funding from jurisdictions that enact sanctuary policies, require the Department of Homeland Security to create a public list of jurisdictions that have sanctuary policies in effect, protect local law enforcement from liability in holding criminal aliens for ICE pick-up, and increase penalties for illegal re-entry into the United States.
S. 2145, the Middle East Refugee Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2016, would provide funding to increase the number of refugees resettled in the United States each year from an average of 70,000 to 100,000 per year.
S. 2091, the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act of 2015, would weaken interior enforcement by allowing the Department of Homeland Security to waive the maximum refusal rate used to determine if a country is eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.
S. 2440, the Repeal ID Act of 2016, would repeal the REAL ID Act that requires U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to carry tamper-proof and secure forms of identification and to require states to share information. REAL ID would require use of the secure IDs to board airplanes among other things. It's repeal would make it easier for illegal aliens to live and travel in the United States. The House companion bill is H.R. 4375 introduced by Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.).
A bill to provide resources and incentives for the enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the United States and for other purposes.
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed and for other purposes.
S. 2394, the American Jobs First Act of 2015, would implement major reforms of the H-1B program including adding a minimum wage provision ($110,000), and increasing the fee for employers to $10,000. More than 90% of H-1Bs issued in 2013 were for positions that paid less than $110,000 per year. The bill would also end the Visa Lottery.
S. 2225, the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2015, would exempt foreign workers who have received an H-2B guest-worker visa in any of the past three years from the current year's annual limits. This would potentially quadruple the number of H-2B visas issued each year from 65,000 to 260,000.
A bill to provide high-skilled visas for nationals of the Republic of Korea, and for other purposes.
2015: Sponsored S. 1339, the Partner with Korea Act, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
S. 1339, the Partner with Korea Act, would create 150,000 non-immigrant work visas designated for citizens of South Korea under the E-4 visa program. The work permits are an addition to current levels.
2015: Sponsored S. 1120 introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
S. 1120 would designate an illegal alien who is or was a member of a criminal gang, or who participated in gang activity knowing that such participation will promote the gang's illegal activity, is inadmissible and deportable. The bill would also require mandatory detention of such illegal aliens.
A resolution to express the sense of the Senate regarding the success of Operation Streamline and the importance of prosecuting first time illegal border crossers.
2015: Sponsored S. 1640, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
S. 1640, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, would empower local law enforcement agents to enforce federal immigration laws. This legislation would also require DHS to create a national immigration violators database. This legislation would help reduce illegal immigration by empowering law enforcement officials and making it more difficult for illegal aliens to live and work in local communities.
2015: Senate vote on Trade Promotion Authority which replaced the text of H.R. 2146
2015: Senate Finance Committee Vote on S. 995, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA), introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
S. 153, the I-Squared Act of 2015, would increase H-1B visa numbers by more than 100,000 per year and allow certain other visa holders to renew their visas. This legislation would also allow family members of H-1B holders to remain in the country and receive work permits.
S. 98, the STEM Jobs Act of 2015, would cancel the visa lottery program and transfer the 55,000 yearly visas that would have been granted through the visa lottery into two new priority categories (doctorate and masters degree) under 203(b). For the first two fiscal years of the program, unused visas for which petitions or applications for labor certification have been filed will be added to the total visas for the next fiscal year. Following the first two years, remaining unused visas do not transfer to the next fiscal year.
S. 45, the Birthright Citizenship Act, would eliminate birthright citizenship, the process that automatically grants citizenship to the estimated 350,000 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens each year.
A bill to establish congressional trade negotiating objectives and enhanced consultation requirements for trade negotiations, to provide for consideration of trade agreements, and for other purposes.
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To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.