/// As Immigration Reform Bill Heads to the Senate Floor, The ZuckerPAC Gets A Win
Chalk up a win for tech industry talent seekers. In a bipartisan vote reached on Thursday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that aims to radically overhaul much of current U.S. immigration policy, which could ultimately increase the number of highly skilled tech industry workers allowed visas to work inside of the United States. The bill, which passed through the Committee by a vote of 13 to 5, is now headed to the floor for debate, where it is expected to be deliberated upon through the summer. It is, in particular, the first small victory for FWD.us, the political action group formed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and supported by a veritable cadre of tech-industry luminaries such as LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman and famed venture capitalist John Doerr. To be sure, Zuckerberg’s group far from the only lobbyist group aiming for immigration policy reform in Washington. But in Silicon Valley as of late, it is perhaps the most prominent. “With its 13-5 vote to support comprehensive immigration reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee has taken another crucial step forward to growing a knowledge economy,” Joe Green, FWD.us founder and president, said in a statement to AllThingsD . “This comprehensive bipartisan legislation contains the key principles we support, and its passage is another important step in the right direction.” “It’s clear that the momentum continues to build in favor of commonsense immigration legislation – and FWD.us will continue to advocate for comprehensive, bipartisan reform that will attract innovators, build prosperous neighborhoods with strong families and good jobs, and ensure the U.S. continues to lead the world in the growth of the knowledge economy,” Green said. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
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As Immigration Reform Bill Heads to the Senate Floor, The ZuckerPAC Gets A Win