July 1, 2009
Press Release

Late last night, the House passed the Republican Motion to Recommit (MTR) the FY2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, H.R. 2892, by a vote of 234 to 193. The motion recommitted H.R. 2892 to the Committee on Appropriations with an amendment to reduce funding for the Office of the Under Secretary for Management by $50 million, and increase funding for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services by the same amount. The transferred funds would be used to assist in the implementation of the E-Verify pilot program. The program would allow employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

"As the original author of E-Verify, I can attest to its reliability, accuracy and efficiency," stated Rep. Calvert, who spoke on the House floor in support of the MTR. "I am pleased that the motion passed by an overwhelming margin which is a testament to the bipartisan support of E-Verify in the House. Now Congress must work together to move forward on the federal contractors rule and eventually make employment verification mandatory."