House passes border security bill
- Congress Daily
- August 10, 2010
The House approved by voice vote Tuesday an emergency $600 million spending bill to beef up security along the Mexican border, despite opposition from disparate interest groups.
India's government objected to the bill because it would be paid for by increasing work visa fees on foreign companies operating inside the United States that outsource more than 50 percent of their workforce, according to a story in the Times of India.
Meanwhile, U.S.-based organizations that advocate for immigration reform protested the bill because of its sole focus on law enforcement.
The bill must now be sent back to the Senate for final approval. But the Senate is not expected to take it up until the chamber returns in September from recess, according to a Senate leadership aide.