Despite a growing chorus of displeasure over the immigration bill being considered by the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) wants to end debate and take a vote on it by the end of this week.
Republicans, not surprisingly, say they need more time to consider a number of possible amendments to the bill.
Amendments are just what the bill needs, says immigration law expert Greg Siskind. In an article appearing on ILW.com, Siskind offers a dozen suggestions he thinks would improve the bill. A number of his suggestions would address complaints from high-tech companies and other businesses, many of which center around the H-1B visa issue.
Among them: Drop a proposed increase in H-1B visa application fees; restore experience equivalency in H-1B cases; and restore the SKIL Act, which would allow H-1B exemptions and other provisions to attract professionals with science, technology, engineering, medical and other needed skills.