House panel OKs bill aimed at limiting skilled foreign workers in US

The House Judiciary Committee this week advanced a bipartisan bill to discourage American companies from relying too heavily on skilled workers from overseas.

Such workers hold H-1B visas — special permits that allow American companies to hire foreign workers for specialized occupations in science and technology. H-1B visas are common among tech firms in California’s Silicon Valley, for example.

The “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act” was originally introduced in January by U.S. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Scott Peters, D-Calif., to discourage American companies from relying too heavily on H-1B workers.

“Unfortunately, loopholes in the program have allowed a small handful of employers to game the system to displace American workers, and crowd out others who legitimately need the limited slots … to recruit individuals with unique skill sets not available here at home,” Issa said in a statement.  

“Unfortunately, loopholes in the [H-1B] program have allowed a small handful of employers to game the system to…

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