Saturday, June 3, 2006
A procedural glitch is adding new, and possibly significant, hurdles to the drive in Congress to approve sweeping changes to immigration policy.
The problem stems from the Senate bill that would create a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for many of the illegal immigrants in the United States.
Participants in the guest-worker program would pay income taxes; illegal immigrants would, as part of the legalization process, be required to pay back taxes and new fees.
The Constitution, however, gives the House sole authority to originate bills that include revenue measures and it allows any House member to object if a Senate bill does so.
Late last week, Senate aides said they received word from the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over revenue issues, that it would use that constitutional power to block further consideration of the Senate bill. For full article, click here.