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Senate Passes Amendment on Employment of Undocumented Immigrants

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07013110 (posted Jan. 31, 2007)"

On 1/25/07, the Senate voted 94-0 in favor of an amendment to the minimum wage bill (H.R. 2) that would bar companies employing undocumented immigrants from receiving government contracts for seven years, or ten years if that company held a government contract at the time of the offense. However, the amendment, proposed by Senator Sessions (R-AL), would exempt employers who voluntarily participate in the Basic Pilot program.

Senator Sessions offered the amendment to the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (H.R. 2), a bill introduced in the House as part of the Democratic leadership’s 100 hours agenda. The bill would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 over a period of two years. Among other differences, the version of H.R. 2 passed by the House did not include the Sessions amendment. After final passage of H.R. 2 in the Senate, a conference of House and Senate members will have to meet to reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill before the measure can be sent to the President.

 
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