GOP leadership caving on giant H-1B visa loophole.

Our Capitol Hill team just learned very discouraging news for unemployed and underemployed American tech workers.

It appears that the Republican leaders in both House and Senate are preparing to cave on the giant H-1B visa loophole.

Only your most vigorous phoning and faxing has any chance of stopping a huge increase in H-1B visas for mostly higher skilled foreign workers (heavily information technology).

The GOP leaders are preparing to allow the loophole to be placed in the omnibus appropriations bill that will be voted late this week in the lame-duck session.

If those leaders allow the insertion, the only way to stop the loophole is to vote down the whole appropriations bill and risk shutting down government. There is close to no chance that either House or Senate would actually vote against whatever is presented.

So, our only hope is to persuade the GOP leaders to back away from their commitment to allow a limitless supply of foreign graduate students to take as many U.S. tech jobs as they desire.

Because all of this is being done in the dark of night, these leaders will be quite surprised if all day Tuesday and Wednesday they are totally bombarded on this issue. You might just shake their confidence about being able to get by with such callousness.

This end-of-session disaster for American tech workers is happening because most Members of Congress have a soft spot in their hearts for the technology industry which pours immense sums of money into both political parties.

They all hope you are not watching and won’t say anything. Please prove them wrong.

1. ACTION ......... Phone top GOP leaders to leave out H-1B loophole

Five GOP leaders have the power to prevent the H-1B loophole. Please call their offices now.

Speaker of House Dennis Hastert

2369 RHOB
Washington, DC 20515

27 North River Street
Batavia, IL 605102666

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

202-224-3344 SR-416 Washington, DC 20510

423-323-1252 10368 Wallace Alley Street - Suite 7 Kingsport, TN 37663

865-602-7977 12 Oaks Executive Park Knoxville, TN 37919

901-683-1910 5100 Popular Avenue - Suite 605 Memphis, TN 38137

423-894-2203 6000 Building Chattanooga, TN 37411

615-352-9411 28 White Bridge Road - Suite 211 Nashville, TN 37205

901-424-9655 South Royal Depot Building Jackson, TN 38301

Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell

202-224-2541 SR-361a Washington, DC 20510

502-781-1673 Federal Building Bowling Green, KY 42101

502-582-6304 601 West Broadway - Room 630 Louisville, KY 40202

859-224-8286 343 Waller Avenue - Room 108 Lexington, KY 40504

606-864-2026 301 South Main Street London, KY 40741

606-578-0188 1885 Dixie Higyway - Suite 345 Fort Wright, KY 41011

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

281-240-3700 10701 Corporate Drive, Suite 118 Stafford, TX 77477

202-225-5951 2370 RHOB Washington, DC 20515

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt

202-225-6536 217 CHOB Washington, DC 20515

417-781-1041 Northpark Mall, 101 Rangeline Joplin, MO 64801

417-889-1800 2740-B East Sunshine Springfield, MO 658042047

2. ACTION .......... Samples for your phone message

Because so many of you will be calling the same offies, it is important
that you try to personalize your phone messages as much as possible.

I will be giving you a number of talking points. But, if possible, try
not to read directly from the talking points. Put your concerns into
your own words. Choose combinations for the following and put into your
own order.

Options to identify the issue about which you are calling:

a. I’m calling about the omnibus appropriations bill and provisions
about H-1B visas.

b. I’m concerned about putting a big increase in H-1B visas in the
omnibus appropriations bill.

c. Please express my opinion about adding H-1B visas

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