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Sens. Grassley, Durbin launch new H-1B fight

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 11, 2015
Two of the Senate's leading H-1B reformers, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), say abuse of the H-1B visa "is real" and the need for reform urgent.

Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, can ensure that this legislation gets a hearing, but he faces strong headwinds from the tech industry and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the number two person in the Senate. Hatch, citing concerns by the tech industry, fought Grassley over H-1B reforms two years ago during the debate on Senate's comprehensive immigration bill.

Hatch is sponsoring the I-Squared bill, which would raise the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 195,000. Sen. Blumenthal is a co-sponsor of the I-Square, but his support of the new Grassley/Durbin bill may be a sign that his views about I-Squared are changing.

There's also potential for additional competing bills. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he is working on an H-1B reform bill.


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