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Related - to Stimulus bill...
 
Senators seek H-1B hiring ban
In what could be a cause of worry for Indian IT professionals, two US Senators have introduced amendments to the economic stimulus bill, which if passed would prevent US companies receiving the federal bailout money, from hiring H-1B visa holders.

The amendment if approved by the Senate would have an immediate impact on Indian IT professionals, as it is they who are the major beneficiaries of the H-1B visa programme.

An amendment in this regard has been co-sponsored by the Republican Senator from Iowa, Chuck Grassley and the Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont.

Introducing the amendment on the floor of the Senate, Senator Sanders said: "It is essentially saying that there would be a suspension of H-1B programme of any institution, which would be receiving TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Programme) funds for just one year."

Seeking bi-partisan support to his amendment, Sanders said: "I firmly believe that companies going through layoffs that employ H-1B visas (holding workers) have a moral obligation to protect American workers by putting them first during these difficult times."

Sanders also quoted a recent media report that said that the American banking industry had requested for more than 21,000 visas for foreign guest workers over the last six years.

"Hiring American workers for limited available jobs should be a top priority for businesses taking taxpayer money through the TARP program," Senator Grassley said, adding if banks are going to be getting American taxpayer money than they should be hiring American workers.

"With the unemployment rate at 7.2 per cent, there is no need for companies to hire foreign workers through the H1-B programme when there are plenty of qualified Americans looking for jobs," Grassley said.

He said he supports the H-1B program, but it should be used in the way it was intended as a temporary measure to supplement a company's need for hi-tech or specialised workers when none are available in the US.

Observing that H-1B and other work visa programs were never intended to replace qualified American workers, Grassley argued now that many qualified bank employees are unemployed, banks who want to hire workers shouldn't have a hard time finding what they need from an American workforce.

Grassley along with Senator Dick Durban had introduced a comprehensive H-1B and L visa reform bill in the previous 110th Congress. This was aimed at giving priority to American workers and crack down on employers who deprive qualified Americans of high-skill jobs.

The Senator has also asked questions of both US and foreign-based companies about their use of the H-1B visa programme.

 
Actually that^^^ makes sense, hold your guns as this directly or indirectly affects the whole IT sector India.. impact me too..but what is right is right!


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Originally posted by Gauri_3

Did y'all hear Obama's speech at the caucus?  Does it get any more partisan than what it was!  What happened to all that BS about bi-partisanship etc. etc. etc? 

Someone need to tell him, and tell him ASAP, that elections are over!  Dude, get out of that campaign mode now!  No point in keep pointing a finger to last 8 years.  Public is waiting to see what you can deliver and all the mushy gushy promises you made like that overly-harped vision of bipartisanshipLOL  He is showing his true colors way too early in the gameLOL

Hey Qwertoo, don't be so sure about only one way to go from here,  buddy.  Obama may end up giving "hitting the rock bottom" a whole new low in the coming monthsWink  Going by his sarcastic, self serving and strongly partisan speech today, I see him removing that "bottom" part of "rock bottom" real soon Unhappy
 
Ah Gauri, you were just WAITING for this day, weren't you?LOLLOL.....15 days and Obama's already been written off......wonder how he'll survive the next four years....LOL
 
I saw snippets of that speech on the news.....I didn't find it highly partisan....I actually enjoyed the sarcasm tooLOL....but hey, what do I know....I'm just a hopeless Obamamaniac with blinders on about the "Messiah"TongueLOL

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Originally posted by nureat01

Originally posted by Gauri_3

Did y'all hear Obama's speech at the caucus?  Does it get any more partisan than what it was!  What happened to all that BS about bi-partisanship etc. etc. etc? 

Someone need to tell him, and tell him ASAP, that elections are over!  Dude, get out of that campaign mode now!  No point in keep pointing a finger to last 8 years.  Public is waiting to see what you can deliver and all the mushy gushy promises you made like that overly-harped vision of bipartisanshipLOL  He is showing his true colors way too early in the gameLOL

Hey Qwertoo, don't be so sure about only one way to go from here,  buddy.  Obama may end up giving "hitting the rock bottom" a whole new low in the coming monthsWink  Going by his sarcastic, self serving and strongly partisan speech today, I see him removing that "bottom" part of "rock bottom" real soon Unhappy
 
Ah Gauri, you were just WAITING for this day, weren't you?LOLLOL.....15 days and Obama's already been written off......wonder how he'll survive the next four years....LOL
 
I saw snippets of that speech on the news.....I didn't find it highly partisan....I actually enjoyed the sarcasm tooLOL....but hey, what do I know....I'm just a hopeless Obamamaniac with blinders on about the "Messiah"TongueLOL
 
@bold - Count me in too, was not waiting but was expecting sooner or later truth wil be unvieledWinkLOL. Did you hear Pres O's house democrats speech last night, he asserted indirectly that this bill has been made by top economists (ha ha ha top economists...were they sleeping till now??) and he trusts thier judgement, that seriously questions his creditability. Why was he NOT owning the bill?? and could not say he beleives in it 100% and if anything goes wrong he would take full responsibility and stand by it. And also that the Massiah has seen each and every page and whole heartedly is certain this will stimulate the economy..??
 
There are obvious flaws in so called stimulus (Democratic agenda in the name of crisis) bill, I don't understand when the acceptance is low, why don't they go back review it and make amends rather then defending what is in there? OK, bill is all good and clean, then why not explain at high level each item and how it will benefit economy right now and near line? rather then giving the same hyponotizing speeches over and over again... high time for people to realize... and 15 days... from the day he won the election...he just should have focused to this one thing.


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@Gauri: LOL....I bow out before your amazing debating skills yaar....waise bhi I can't say much since those blinders of mine blind me to all logic anyways.
 
btw, you mentioned last time that your daughter was a big Obama supporter?? Still true or has she figured he's done too? lol
 
btw, I never called the speech bi-partisan either.....just cuz I don't find it highly partisan, should it be automatically presumed that I think it's bi-partisan??? :S lol
 
And I don't really see any desperation in him either....seems more like he's talking about the urgency required given the gravity of the situation.

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