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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S2839 on Apr 10, 2008

Signature Legislation: increasing limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas
Source: Global Competitiveness Act (S.2839)
A bill to provide emergency relief for United States businesses and industries currently employing temporary foreign workers and for other purposes. The Global Competitiveness Act of 2008 -
  • Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend the annual cap exemption for returning H-2B aliens (temporary nonagricultural workers).
  • Revises H-1B nonimmigrant visa (specialty occupation) provisions for increases from numerical limitations for aliens with higher education degrees.
  • Increases the annual limit for National Science Foundation low-income scholarships.
  • Revises L-visa (intracompany transfer) provisions regarding investigating employer fraud; whistleblower protections; and limitations on approval of start-up company petitions.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 08-S2839

Republicans participating in 08-S2839

Lamar Alexander s2oTN Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s2oME Republican Sr Senator 
John Cornyn s1iTX Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Crapo s2oID Republican Sr Senator 
Judd Gregg s2oNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Chuck Hagel s2oNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
John Sununu s2oNew Hampshire Republican 

Independents participating in 08-S2839

Joseph Lieberman s2oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 7
Independents: 1

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