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Immigration bill seeks to ease rules for foreign health workers
Modern Healthcare

After 30 hours of debate over a three-week period, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bipartisan immigration bill that would seek to strengthen the country’s healthcare workforce by making it easier for foreign health professionals to work in the U.S. The panel voted 13-5 on Tuesday to approve the sweeping Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced last month.

In all, the committee considered 212 amendments in the bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he would like to bring to the floor for debate in June, “sometime soon” after Congress returns from a weeklong Memorial Day work period.