Senators protect visa program in immigration bill

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate authors of a far-reaching immigration bill have turned back GOP efforts to rewrite provisions allowing more high-tech workers into the country.

Amendments proposed by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa would have put more requirements on high-tech companies seeking to bring foreign workers to the U.S. on visas. An amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas would have allowed many more workers into the country than the bill contemplates.

Supporters argued any of the changes could have jeopardized support for the overall bill by undoing one of the carefully crafted compromises at its heart.

The votes came as the Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday for its second day of consideration of hundreds of amendments to a bipartisan immigration bill.

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