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Jun 4, 2013

U.S. congressman Issa reprising familiar role in IRS probe

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – What began as a bipartisan
congressional probe into Internal Revenue Service practices is
quickly turning into a verbal brawl with U.S. Representative
Darrell Issa, no stranger to controversy, under attack from
Democrats and even some of his fellow Republicans.

Issa, the California congressman who chairs the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Sunday said in a
CNN interview that the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups
seeking tax-exempt status was “directly being ordered from
Washington.”

Jun 3, 2013

Immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From the technology and tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month.

But for supporters of this controversial bill who are searching for a solid bloc of votes in the Senate, there might be no better way than through a provision embedded in the law that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.

Jun 3, 2013

U.S. immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – From the technology and
tourism industries to the fruit growers of California, there is
something for almost everyone in the sprawling immigration
legislation that the U.S. Senate will start debating this month.

But for supporters of this controversial bill who are
searching for a solid bloc of votes in the Senate, there might
be no better way than through a provision embedded in the law
that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.

May 23, 2013

U.S. House won’t follow Senate lead on immigration bill: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday his chamber would chart its own path on immigration rather than simply considering a Senate-passed measure, quashing hopes some Democrats had for quickly enacting the landmark legislation.

“While we applaud the progress made by our Senate colleagues, there are numerous ways in which the House will approach the issue differently,” Boehner said in a statement.

May 22, 2013

U.S. immigration bill gets Senate boost; House effort teetering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of U.S. immigration reform are hoping that the smooth and drama-free passage of their legislation through a Senate committee – a departure from almost everything that has happened in Congress over the past four years – will boost the likelihood of the bill winning full Senate approval.

Even Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee who voted against the immigration bill on Tuesday, told Reuters TV that the “very fair” debate by the panel “does improve its chances.”

May 22, 2013

Immigration bill gets Senate boost; House effort teetering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of U.S. immigration reform are hoping that the smooth and drama-free passage of their legislation through a Senate committee – a departure from almost everything that has happened in Congress over the past four years – will boost the likelihood of the bill winning full Senate approval.

Even Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee who voted against the immigration bill on Tuesday, told Reuters TV that the “very fair” debate by the panel “does improve its chances.”

May 21, 2013

U.S. Senate panel nears completion of immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – Senate negotiators on Tuesday
reached a tentative deal to ease restrictions on U.S. technology
firms hiring highly skilled workers from abroad, potentially a
big win for industry as efforts to pass comprehensive
immigration reform this year accelerated.

Under the deal struck by Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch
and New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, the Senate
would back a looser formula for issuing H-1B visas that
technology companies say they need to hire qualified employees.

May 21, 2013

Senators reach deal to ease high-tech rules in U.S. immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – Senate negotiators have
reached a tentative deal with tech companies to ease
restrictions on hiring foreigners for high-skilled jobs as part
of a sweeping immigration bill, congressional and industry
sources said on Tuesday.

Judiciary Committee members have been in negotiations with
the companies and the AFL-CIO union over whether to lift
constraints on H-1B visas allowing American companies to hire
highly skilled foreign workers.

May 20, 2013

U.S. panel votes to speed up airport fingerprinting of immigrants

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – High-tech systems for
tracking the movements of immigrants and other foreigners when
leaving the United States would be installed at major U.S.
airports under a plan approved by a congressional panel on
Monday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 for an amendment
to a wide-ranging immigration bill that would require the
installation of devices to check immigrants’ fingerprints at the
10 busiest U.S. airports within two years of enactment of the
legislation.

May 17, 2013

House bill to have more stringent immigrant controls: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan plan brokered in the House of Representatives will be tougher on illegal immigrants living in the United States than a Senate counterpart, congressional aides said on Friday.

But it fails to address the difficult issue of how many low-skilled foreign workers should be allowed into the country.

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