|Nov. 2, 2005|
|The Senate defeated the Byrd amendment today by a vote of 85-14 (Roll call vote 295). Unfortunately, only three Republicans supported protecting American workers. We commend Senators Inhofe, Sessions, and Vitter for their bold stand.|
Don't Sell Out American Workers!
Tell Your Senator to vote YES on the Byrd Amendment
This Thursday the Senate will vote on an amendment offered by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) which removes language from the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act, (S. 1932) that sells out American jobs to foreign workers by increasing the number of employment-based green cards, H-1B visas, and accompanying family members to over 350,000.
The Byrd Amendment rectifies a move by Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), who last week added the increase in visas as a means to raise federal funds instead of cutting spending. The Specter/Kennedy language raised the cost and number of visas to employers hiring foreign workers (who also bring their families) and remain permanently in the United States.
The current limit on employment based visas is 140,000 per year, including family members of foreign workers. The Specter/Kennedy language exempts family members from this cap, allowing hundreds of thousands of relatives to accompany the increase in foreign workers. These relatives will also look for employment and take American jobs.
The Byrd amendment would strip the Specter/Kennedy language and protect hundreds of thousands of American jobs from a massive increase in foreign workers who often take jobs at much lower wages.
The Senate must adopt the Byrd amendment to protect American jobs! A vote is expected Thursday. Call your Senator immediately and tell him to vote YES on the Byrd amendment to the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act, (S. 1932).
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