Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a two-year extension of E-Verify as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations spending bill. The Committee also rejected several important immigration amendments on a party line basis.

The House Appropriations Committee also considered the spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security and rejected two important immigration enforcement amendments:

” Representative Calvert attempted to attach an amendment to the bill that would have permanently authorized E-Verify – the electronically operated system that allows employers to quickly and easily check the work authorization status of their new hires. Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman David Price (D-NC) and Full Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) spoke in opposition to the amendment, with Price pointing out that the bill included a short, two-year E-Verify reauthorization. Following the remarks by Price and Obey, the amendment was defeated by a 21-36 vote.

” Immediately following the rejection of the Calvert Amendment, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) offered an amendment that would have required companies who contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use E-Verify. Rep. Price again spoke against this amendment as well, and it was ultimately defeated on a 23-35 vote.

Finally, the Appropriations Committee considered the Legislative Branch spending bill. Congressman Kingston attempted to attach a similar E-Verify amendment to this bill, requiring contractors who do business with the U.S. Congress to use E-Verify. This time, Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) opposed the amendment. The Appropriations Committee rejected the Kingston language by a voice vote. (House Appropriations Committee Markup Transcript, June 12, 2009).


Numbers USA is pretty steamed about this, saying: “They voted today to keep Americans jobless so multitudes of illegal aliens could keep fed jobs”. At a time of high unemployment, the vote should certainly make waves