Minimum Wage with Illegal Immigration Teeth

28 01 2007

Cross posted from Liberally Conservative

The Senate, by a 94-0 vote this past week, inserted a federal contracting ban for businesses that violate immigration laws into a bill that would raise the federal floor on hourly pay from $5.15 to $7.25 over two years. This bill will meet the test of a House and Senate conference reconciling differences.

Under the provision, offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., companies caught hiring illegal workers while on a federal contract would be banned from government work for 10 years. Other companies discovered with illegal workers would be prohibited from getting federal contracts for seven years.

“The Sessions amendments are comparable to using the nuclear option for a paperwork violation,” Jeffrey D. Shoaf of the Associated General Contractors of America wrote to senators in a last ditch attempt to kill the immigration provision. “These amendments will have ramifications well beyond immigration law, and would open the floodgates to using the procurement system as an enforcement mechanism for even first time paperwork violations.”

Voicing opposition were the American Meat Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Homebuilders and the Associated Builders and Contractors.

The previous bill containing a similar provision did not pass during conference last year. Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) a co-sponsor of the Sessions amendment said, “If they skirt the rules by hiring illegal aliens, they should face the consequences.”

Source: MyWay
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