May 22, 2013
by Washington Post

A broad immigration reform package moved one step closer to passing through Congress on Tuesday, and the high-tech community took another step forward in solidifying its lobbying influence in Washington.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the comprehensive immigration proposal by a vote of 13 to 5, clearing the way for a floor vote next month. The legislation moves forward largely unscathed after five days of markup in the committee, however, some critics of the original bill managed to insert various amendments.

The last major change came late Tuesday, as Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) struck a deal to ease some of the restrictions and regulatory requirements for businesses that want to hire highly skilled foreign workers through the country’s H-1B visa program.

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