House and Senate to Consider H-1B Fee Hike Amendment

House and Senate appropriators are tentatively scheduled to convene a conference on Thursday, November 1st to combine the Defense, Military Construction-VA, and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations into one single bill.

One of the issues with which legislators will have to contend is whether or not to remove the Grassley-Sanders amendment (H.ADMT. 3396) from the Labor-HHS appropriations bill (H.R. 3043) which would add an additional fee of $3,500 to the H-1B visa program.

Looming over any progress made during the conference is the veto threat President Bush issued over most appropriations passed in the House and Senate this year, often citing spending levels as the reason.

~Urgent Action Needed: AgJOBS Consideration Nearing!
The Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 or Farm Bill (H.R. 2419) is likely headed to the Senate floor in the coming week. Immigration advocates believe the Farm Bill is an excellent legislative vehicle to carry the AgJOBS bill (S. 340 and H.R. 371) as an amendment.

Take action today, and urge you senators to support AgJOBS at: