Senate Votes to Deny Funding for Real ID and H-2B Regulations

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07073064 (posted Jul. 30, 2007)"

On 7/26/07, the Senate rejected, by a vote of 50-44, an amendment introduced by Senator Alexander (R-TN) to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill for 2008 (H.R. 2638) that would have made $300 million available to States to carry out the Real ID Act.

This amendment would have provided a small fraction of the total funding cost to states to implement the unworkable Real ID Act, which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states will cost $23.1 billion to implement. Furthermore, this amendment was offered at a time when many states are engaged in an all-out revolt against the Real ID Act; calling it an unfunded mandate.

Later in the day, the Senate passed an amendment introduced by Senator Sanders (I-VT), by a vote of 51-43, which bars the use of newly appropriated DHS funds for regulations related to H-2B visas. The proposed rule would streamline the current burdensome process for filling short-term jobs, making it more responsive to urgent workforce needs while maintaining appropriate labor market and security safeguards.

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