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H-1B reform bill unites political opposites

Patrick Thibodeau | March 3, 2017
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell’s H-1B bill con-sponsors represent broad political range

Gosar and Brat both have an A+ ratings from NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for lower immigration levels.

Pascrell, who supported President Obama's comprehensive immigration reform efforts, gets an F- from NumbersUSA. Khanna hasn't been in Congress long enough to get a score by the group.

An H-1B reform bill is possible in this Congress. In previous years, president Obama and other Democratic leaders wanted comprehensive immigration reform. But supporters of this approach blocked piecemeal bills, such as H-1B reform bills, because they didn't want to lose tech industry support for broader reform.

But with the Republicans now in control in Congress and the White House, the roadblocks to H-1B reform may not be as strong as they once were. The co-sponsors on Pascrell's bill are an indication of the political change.

 

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