Congressional Updates

P.L. 115-141: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018

On 3/23/18, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) to fund the government until September 30, 2018.

On 3/23/18, the U.S. Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 on a 63 to 32 vote. The House approved the omnibus spending bill on a 256 to 167 vote on 3/22/18.

On 3/21/18, the U.S. House of Representatives released the legislative text of its $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill for the remainder of FY2018. On immigration, the bill includes an increase of $1.6 billion for border security, as well as funding for 20% more detention beds and additional agents; and no protection for Dreamers. One positive aspect of the bill is the inclusion of a provision, similar to what was agreed upon in FY2017, to provide limited relief to H-2B employers who need temporary foreign workers to supplement their workforce and sustain seasonal business operations. The bill also extend the Religious Worker, Conrad 30, EB-5, and E-Verify programs for the remainder of FY2018.

For more information read the Summary of Legislative FY18 Omnibus Additions, as provided to the U.S. House Committee on Rules.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 18032202.