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The 36- to-65 vote means the bill moves to the Senate, where GOP Senators are pushing a matching giveaway bill which is backed by Democrat Senator and presidential hopeful, Sen. Kamala Harris. Only 57 of 197 GOP legislators — and only eight Democrats — present voted against the giveaway.
The GOP’s House leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, voted for the giveaway to Indian outsourcing workers.
The bill also helps U.S. real-estate investors by extending the green-card giveaway to the Chinese leaders who use the EB-5 program to buy green cards for their families.
The Senate’s version of the bill was halted in late June when Sen. Rand Paul blocked a “unanimous consent” maneuver by GOP Utah Sen. Mike Lee. But Paul may switch his vote, allowing Lee to repeat his “unanimous consent” maneuver. Lee is backed by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate’s judiciary committee.
Business groups touted the win before the vote. Via Twitter, Andrew Moriarty, deputy director of federal policy at Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us advocacy group compared the HR.1044 “country caps” bill to the Democrats’ DACA-amnesty bill:
Think there’s no room for bipartisan agreement on immigration? @ZoeLofgren and @RepKenBuck’s bill to end per-country caps for employment visas (i.e. reduce the backlogs) passed 365-65 today. Was never called for a vote last Congress.
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) July 10, 2019
GOP House leaders Kevin McCarthy @GOPLeader and Whip Steve Scalise @SteveScalise remain mute as biz lobbyists prod GOP Reps. to vote for Democrat bill which rewards Indian lower-wage contract-workers (300K+ current & more future) with green cards & voting https://t.co/YBTBmdAJZW
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) July 9, 2019
As the Ranking Member of @JudiciaryGOP Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, I thank my colleagues for supporting #HR1044. It’s time to eliminate the 7% "per-country" limit on employment-based immigrant visas so U.S. companies can fill knowledge gaps in certain fields. pic.twitter.com/KuKwpNwVY0
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) July 10, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris is the top Democratic sponsor of a bill which gives green cards to Indian grads if they take jobs from US college graduates. GOP Senators also support the bill which would boost Wall Street stock values by cutting millennials' salaries. https://t.co/iEAEeIl0Gz
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) July 1, 2019
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