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    Senior Member ShockedinCalifornia's Avatar
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    House Committee Adopts Critical E-Verify Amendments

    House Committee Adopts Critical E-Verify Amendments

    January 23, 2009

    House Committee Adopts Critical E-Verify Amendments
    Call Committee Members to Say Thanks!

    On Wednesday night, friends sitting on the House Appropriations Committee successfully offered two critical amendments to the Stimulus Bill (entitled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill) designed to ensure that jobs created by the stimulus package will go to legal workers.

    This is more important than ever as 1.9 million American workers have lost their jobs in just the last four months of 2008. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 9, 2009). At a time when Congress is considering spending nearly $1 trillion on a stimulus package to create jobs, it is important that those jobs go to Americans who need jobs.

    First, Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) offered an amendment that would reauthorize E-Verify for four years. The language of this amendment is identical to H.R.6633, the bill that passed the House last July by a vote of 407-2. (Calvert Press Release, January 21, 2009).

    Then, later in the evening, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) offered an amendment that requires all businesses that receive stimulus money under the bill to use E-Verify to help ensure that their workforce is legal. (Kingston Press Release, January 21, 2009).

    Both Congressmen Calvert and Kingston have been long-time supporters of E-Verify, the electronic system that allows employers to verify that they are hiring legal workers by matching identification documents against databases managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program, formally know as the Basic Pilot Program, was established in 1996 by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and has become an effective tool for ensuring a legal workforce, protecting wages, and fighting illegal immigration. Homeland Security reports that over 100,000 businesses now use E-Verify with an average of 1,000 employers signing up every week.

    Unfortunately, E-Verify will expire March 6th unless Congress acts. Yesterday's efforts by Congressmen Calvert and Kingston represent the first step to getting E-Verify reauthorized and holding employers who receive taxpayer money accountable for hiring legal workers. Please review the following list and call those committee members from your state to thank them for supporting these two critical amendments! If none of the members of this list are from your state, please feel free to select a handful of members from neighboring states to call and thank. We need to let these members know that we strongly support E-Verify reauthorization and are watching how the House handles this issue.

    Members of the House Appropriations Committee

    Robert B. Aderholt (AL-4) 202-225-4876
    Rodney Alexander (LA-5) 202-225-8490
    Jo Bonner (AL-1) 202-225-4931
    Ken Calvert (CA-44) 202-225-1986
    John R. Carter (TX-31) 202-225-3864
    Tom Cole (OK-4) 202-225-6165
    Ander Crenshaw (FL-4) 202-225-2501
    John Abney Culberson (TX-7) 202-225-2571
    Jo Ann Emerson (MO- 202-225-4404
    Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) 202-225-5034
    Kay Granger (TX-12) 202-225-5071
    Jack Kingston (GA-1) 202-225-5831
    Mark Steven Kirk (IL-10) 202-225-4835
    Tom Latham (IA-4) 202-225-5476
    Steven C. LaTourette (OH-14) 202-225-5731
    Jerry Lewis (CA-41) 202-225-5861
    Dennis R. Rehberg (MT-1) 202-225-3211
    Harold Rogers (KY-5) 202-225-4601
    Michael K. Simpson (ID-2) 202-225-5531
    Todd Tiahrt (KS-4) 202-225-6216
    Zach Wamp (TN-3) 202-225-3271
    Frank R. Wolf (VA-10) 202-225-5136
    C. W. Young (FL-10) 202-225-5961

    Marion Berry (AR-1) 202-225-4076
    Sanford D. Bishop (GA-2) 202-225-3631
    Allen Boyd (FL-2) 202-225-5235
    Albert Benjamin Chandler (KY-6) 202-225-4706
    Lincoln Davis (TN-4) 202-225-6831
    Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) 202-225-3661
    Norman D. Dicks (WA-6) 202-225-5916
    Chet Edwards (TX-17) 202-225-6105
    Sam Farr (CA-17) 202-225-2861
    Chaka Fattah (PA-2) 202-225-4001
    Maurice D. Hinchey (NY-22) 202-225-6335
    Michael M. Honda (CA-15) 202-225-2631
    Steve Israel (NY-2) 202-225-3335
    Jesse L. Jackson (IL-2) 202-225-0773
    Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) 202-225-4146
    Patrick J. Kennedy (RI-1) 202-225-4911
    Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (MI-13) 202-225-2261
    Barbara Lee (CA-9) 202-225-2661
    Nita M. Lowey (NY-1 202-225-6506
    Betty McCollum (MN-4) 202-225-6631
    Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1) 202-225-4172
    James P. Moran (VA- 202-225-4376
    John P. Murtha (PA-12) 202-225-2065
    David R. Obey (WI-7) 202-225-3365
    John W. Olver (MA-1) 202-225-5335
    Ed Pastor (AZ-4) 202-225-4065
    David E. Price (NC-4) 202-225-1784
    Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23) 202-225-4511
    Steven R. Rothman (NJ-9) 202-225-5061
    Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) 202-225-1766
    C.A. Ruppersberger (MD-2) 202-225-3061
    Timothy J. Ryan (OH-17) 202-225-5261
    John T. Salazar (CO-3) 202-225-4761
    Adam B. Schiff (CA-29) 202-225-4176
    Jose E. Serrano (NY-16) 202-225-4361
    Peter J. Visclosky (IN-1) 202-225-2461
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) 202-225-7931

    In the next week or two, FAIR will be calling on all activists to call members in the Senate to support the same language. Please stay tuned for more information on how you can make a difference! ... ments.html

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    Senior Member vmonkey56's Avatar
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    Reauthorize but make it mandatory that every one working be E-Verified, even lawn workers. Do it through the State Unemployment Offices. North Carolina Unemployment Offices fill out I-9s for immigrants but they only E-Verify migrate farmers.
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    We do not yet know how each particular Rep. voted. If you call to thank your Rep. and the Rep. voted AGAINST the amendments, then you are doing the opposite of what you intend to do.

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    Senior Member vmonkey56's Avatar
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    Call and inform we need it made stronger, too. DO CALL
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