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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2892)

Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2892)

Core provisions:  On July 9, the Senate approved by unanimous consent an amendment to the 2010 homeland security appropriations bill that would prohibit funds in the bill from being used to rescind the federal no-match program.

The amendment was proposed by David Vitter (R-La.) and would keep in place the no-match rule, which was initially promulgated by the Bush administration in 2007.  Under the system, DHS sends a letter to alert employers when an employee’s Social Security number does not match government records.  The rule requires employers to resolve discrepancies or face liability. 

The unanimous amendment came one day after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the current administration intends to halt the “no-match” rule.  The rule is currently being challenged in court by a coalition of labor unions, business groups, and immigrant rights groups, and the Social Security Administration has suspended sending out no-match letters until the lawsuit is resolved. 

Status:  Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) introduced the bill in the House June 16, 2009.  The House approved its version of the appropriations bill June 24, 2009.  The Senate has asked for a conference to resolve differences.