BILL WOULD BAR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FOR HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS
The Acquisition Reform Working Group, which represents various industry groups, has expressed opposition to Section 569 of the Senate-passed Emergency Supplemental (H.R. 1591). Under this provision, employers that violate immigration laws would be barred from receiving federal grants, contracts or cooperative agreements for a decade if they already do business with the government, or for seven years if they do not hold existing contracts or agreements. The provision was first introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as an amendment to a minimum wage bill. When the minimum wage bill did not move forward in the Senate, Sessions presented the amendment with the supplemental spending measure.
Summarized from the story “Industry Fights Measure to Bar Contractors For Immigration Violations,” by Jenny Mandel in GOVEXEC.com on April 6, 2007.