Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Hatch, Schumer Reach Deal on High-Skilled Workers in Immigration Bill Hatch, Schumer Reach Deal on High-Skilled Workers in Immigration Bill

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Congress

Hatch, Schumer Reach Deal on High-Skilled Workers in Immigration Bill

Gang wins over Orrin Hatch with a deal on high-skilled worker visas, an aide says.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

May 21, 2013

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Orrin Hatch have reached a deal on visas for high-skilled workers that should ensure the Utah Republican's vote for the immigration bill in committee.

An aide to Hatch said the senator was still awaiting final language on the deal before signing off on the agreement, but the deal reached with Democrats accepts most of his conditions for supporting the bill in committee. He has said he has other finance-related amendments he intends to offer on the floor that will need to pass for his continued support.

According to another aide, the deal came together in the minutes before the beginning of Tuesday’s markup, which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says could conclude as early as today. Just an hour before the markup began, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told National Journal the Gang of Eight was still working to reach a deal with Hatch.

 

Hatch had offered several provisions related to the number of visas for skilled workers as well as the high-tech community’s ability to access them. The amendments put him at odds with Durbin, a Gang member who was concerned the program would put American workers at a disadvantage.

The agreement, details of which were shared with National Journal by an aide familiar with the agreement, accepts several of Hatch’s amendments with some additional protections built in for American workers. For example, the agreement accepts the Utah senator’s amendment that determines the formula for increasing H-1B visas based on employer application levels, but the new modified version bars any increases if the unemployment rate in the affected professions is above 4.5 percent in the previous year.

It also narrows the requirement that employers offer a position to an “equally qualified” U.S. worker to H-1B dependent employers.  

A source close to the negotiations said the amendments could be formally offered in committee this afternoon.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Fire Sprinkler Inspector
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assistant Professor - Water Resources/Ecological Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Auburn, AL
Product Manager - Chemical Development and Supply - Tulsa, OK
American Society of Civil Engineers | Tulsa, OK
Commissioning Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chicago, IL
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Business Development Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sr. Controls Systems Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Grand Island, NE
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus