US HB1044 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 205-107)
Status: Engrossed on July 11 2019 - 50% progression
Action: 2019-09-17 - S.Amdt.939 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Pending: Senate Judiciary Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]


Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY2020-FY2022, by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers), and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals not from the two countries with the largest number of recipients of such visas. Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85% shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.

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Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019


Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA]Rep. Ken Buck [R-CO]Rep. Don Bacon [R-NE]Rep. Garland Barr [R-KY]
Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH]Rep. Ami Bera [D-CA]Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R-FL]Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR]
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR]Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN]Rep. Julia Brownley [D-CA]Rep. Ken Calvert [R-CA]
Rep. Tony Cardenas [D-CA]Rep. Andre Carson [D-IN]Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI]Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY]
Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN]Rep. James Comer [R-KY]Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN]Rep. Jim Costa [D-CA]
Rep. Joe Courtney [D-CT]Rep. TJ Cox [D-CA]Rep. Jason Crow [D-CO]Rep. John Curtis [R-UT]
Rep. Sharice Davids [D-KS]Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL]Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO]Rep. Theodore Deutch [D-FL]
Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI]Rep. Michael Doyle [D-PA]Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN]Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY]
Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA]Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY]Rep. Ron Estes [R-KS]Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick [R-PA]
Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL]Rep. Bob Gibbs [R-OH]Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D-TX]Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon [R-PR]
Rep. Michael Guest [R-MS]Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY]Rep. Josh Harder [D-CA]Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R-WA]
Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA]Rep. French Hill [R-AR]Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX]Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D-TX]
Rep. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA]Rep. Bill Johnson [R-OH]Rep. Eddie Johnson [D-TX]Rep. Henry Johnson [D-GA]
Rep. John Katko [R-NY]Rep. Ro Khanna [D-CA]Rep. Ron Kind [D-WI]Rep. Peter King [R-NY]
Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL]Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi [D-IL]Rep. Ann Kuster [D-NH]Rep. James Langevin [D-RI]
Rep. Rick Larsen [D-WA]Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL]Rep. Billy Long [R-MO]Rep. Alan Lowenthal [D-CA]
Rep. Tom Malinowski [D-NJ]Rep. Roger Marshall [R-KS]Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY]Rep. Doris Matsui [D-CA]
Rep. Lucy McBath [D-GA]Rep. Betty McCollum [D-MN]Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA]Rep. James McGovern [D-MA]
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-WA]Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY]Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY]Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI]
Rep. Joseph Morelle [D-NY]Rep. Ralph Norman [R-SC]Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ]Rep. Jimmy Panetta [D-CA]
Rep. Bill Pascrell [D-NJ]Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA]Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME]Rep. David Price [D-NC]
Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD]Rep. Kathleen Rice [D-NY]Rep. Denver Riggleman [R-VA]Rep. David Roe [R-TN]
Rep. John Rutherford [R-FL]Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD]Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL]Rep. Donna Shalala [D-FL]
Rep. Albio Sires [D-NJ]Rep. Adam Smith [D-WA]Rep. Darren Soto [D-FL]Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA]
Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY]Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT]Rep. Steve Stivers [R-OH]Rep. Eric Swalwell [D-CA]
Rep. Mark Takano [D-CA]Rep. Dina Titus [D-NV]Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY]Rep. Norma Torres [D-CA]
Rep. Fred Upton [R-MI]Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO]Rep. Bonnie Coleman [D-NJ]Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT]
Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR]Rep. Susan Wild [D-PA]Rep. Rob Woodall [R-GA]Rep. John Yarmuth [D-KY]
Rep. Don Young [R-AK]Rep. Dan Newhouse [R-WA]Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY]Rep. Pete Aguilar [D-CA]
Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D-FL]Rep. Pete Stauber [R-MN]Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA]Rep. Salud Carbajal [D-CA]
Rep. David Schweikert [R-AZ]Rep. Steve Watkins [R-KS]Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT]Rep. Nydia Velazquez [D-NY]
Rep. Lois Frankel [D-FL]Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL]Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon [D-PA]Rep. John Garamendi [D-CA]
Rep. Jared Golden [D-ME]Rep. Mac Thornberry [R-TX]Rep. Sylvia Garcia [D-TX]Rep. David Rouzer [R-NC]
Rep. Joseph Kennedy [D-MA]Rep. Larry Bucshon [R-IN]Rep. Lance Gooden [R-TX]Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA]
Rep. Bradley Schneider [D-IL]Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL]Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY]Rep. Kim Schrier [D-WA]
Rep. Conor Lamb [D-PA]Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA]Rep. Brian Higgins [D-NY]Rep. Alma Adams [D-NC]
Rep. Alcee Hastings [D-FL]Rep. Scott Peters [D-CA]Rep. Robin Kelly [D-IL]Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-PA]
Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]Rep. Ben McAdams [D-UT]Rep. Mike Quigley [D-IL]Rep. Grace Napolitano [D-CA]
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI]Rep. Ruben Gallego [D-AZ]Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI]Rep. Barbara Lee [D-CA]
Rep. Trent Kelly [R-MS]Rep. Haley Stevens [D-MI]Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D-MI]Rep. James Himes [D-CT]
Rep. Adam Schiff [D-CA]Rep. Kelly Armstrong [R-ND]Rep. Sanford Bishop [D-GA]Rep. Kurt Schrader [D-OR]
Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY]Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO]Rep. Ron Wright [R-TX]Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK]
Rep. Anthony Brindisi [D-NY]Rep. Joseph Neguse [D-CO]Rep. Katherine Clark [D-MA]Rep. Antonio Delgado [D-NY]
Rep. David Scott [D-GA]Rep. Linda Sanchez [D-CA]Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA]Rep. Thomas Suozzi [D-NY]
Rep. Jerry McNerney [D-CA]Rep. Tim Ryan [D-OH]Rep. Charles Fleischmann [R-TN]Rep. Anthony Gonzalez [R-OH]
Rep. Al Green [D-TX]Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick [D-AZ]Rep. Scott Tipton [R-CO]Rep. Elijah Cummings [D-MD]
Rep. Michael McCaul [R-TX]Rep. Nanette Barragan [D-CA]Rep. Angela Craig [D-MN]Rep. Gil Cisneros [D-CA]
Rep. Michael Simpson [R-ID]Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA]Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]Rep. Jahana Hayes [D-CT]
Rep. Marc Veasey [D-TX]Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA]Rep. Joaquin Castro [D-TX]Rep. John Larson [D-CT]
Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL]Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA]Rep. Paul Cook [R-CA]Rep. Jennifer Wexton [D-VA]
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO]Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA]Rep. Kathy Castor [D-FL]Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA]
Rep. Tom Reed [R-NY]Rep. Roger Williams [R-TX]Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ]Rep. Troy Balderson [R-OH]
Rep. Peter Visclosky [D-IN]Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D-IL]Rep. Madeleine Dean [D-PA]Rep. Filemon Vela [D-TX]
Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT]Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA]Rep. Richard Neal [D-MA]Rep. Lacy Clay [D-MO]
Rep. Russ Fulcher [R-ID]Rep. Mike Bost [R-IL]Rep. Elaine Luria [D-VA]Rep. Lisa Rochester [D-DE]
Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO]Rep. Jimmy Gomez [D-CA]Rep. Andy Levin [D-MI]Rep. William Keating [D-MA]
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell [D-FL]Rep. Bryan Steil [R-WI]Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR]Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS]
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY]Rep. Elissa Slotkin [D-MI]Rep. Debbie Lesko [D-AZ]Rep. Greg Stanton [D-AZ]
Rep. Steve Womack [R-AR]Rep. Abigail Spanberger [D-VA]Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI]Rep. Suzanne Lee [D-NV]
Rep. Lori Trahan [D-MA]Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA]Rep. Elizabeth Fletcher [D-TX]Rep. Jim Banks [R-IN]
Rep. Harley Rouda [D-CA]Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ]Rep. Dan Crenshaw [R-TX]Rep. Don Beyer [D-VA]
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D-MO]Rep. Steven Horsford [D-NV]Rep. Tom O'Halleran [D-AZ]Rep. Jason Smith [R-MO]
Rep. Brendan Boyle [D-PA]Rep. Rebecca Sherrill [D-NJ]Rep. Gregory Pence [R-IN]Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY]
Rep. Dwight Evans [D-PA]Rep. Dean Phillips [D-MN]Rep. Jesus Garcia [D-IL]Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA]
Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA]Rep. Ben Cline [R-VA]Rep. James Baird [R-IN]Rep. Anthony Brown [D-MD]
Rep. Robert Wittman [R-VA]Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA]Rep. Christopher Pappas [D-NH]Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH]
Rep. Cindy Axne [D-IA]Rep. Jared Huffman [D-CA]Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ]Rep. Katie Hill [D-CA]
Rep. Kendra Horn [D-OK]Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA]Rep. Glenn Grothman [R-WI]Rep. Harold Rogers [R-KY]
Rep. G. Butterfield [D-NC]Rep. Abby Finkenauer [D-IA]Rep. Paul Mitchell [R-MI]Rep. Nicholas Taylor [R-TX]
Rep. Jose Serrano [D-NY]Rep. Susan Davis [D-CA]Rep. Mark Amodei [R-NV]Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO]
Rep. Andy Kim [D-NJ]Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK]Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO]Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX]
Rep. David Trone [D-MD]Rep. Kevin Hern [R-OK]Rep. Colin Allred [D-TX]Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN]
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan [D-PA]Rep. Ross Spano [R-FL]Rep. Lloyd Smucker [R-PA]Rep. Luis Correa [D-CA]
Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA]Rep. Val Demings [D-FL]Rep. Jeff Van Drew [D-NJ]Rep. John Moolenaar [R-MI]
Rep. Mike Levin [D-CA]Rep. Kay Granger [R-TX]Rep. Guy Reschenthaler [R-PA]Rep. Bradley Byrne [R-AL]
Rep. Mark Green [R-TN]Rep. James Hagedorn [R-MN]Rep. Veronica Escobar [D-TX]Rep. Christopher Smith [R-NJ]
Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL]Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA]Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R-TN]Rep. Bill Flores [R-TX]
Rep. Greg Gianforte [R-MT]Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL]Rep. Ted Budd [R-NC]Rep. William Timmons [R-SC]

Roll Calls

2019-07-10 - House - On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended RC# 437 (Y: 365 N: 65 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2019-09-17SenateS.Amdt.939 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
2019-07-11SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
2019-07-10HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2019-07-10HouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 365 - 65 (Roll no. 437). (text: CR H5323-5324)
2019-07-10HouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5336)
2019-07-10HouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
2019-07-10HouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1044.
2019-07-10HouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5323-5328)
2019-07-10HouseMs. Lofgren moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
2019-06-18HouseMotion to place bill on Consensus Calendar filed by Ms. Lofgren.
2019-03-22HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
2019-02-07HouseReferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
2019-02-07HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB328 (Related) 2019-02-04 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
SB386 (Related) 2019-07-09 - S.Amdt.906 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
SB2603 (Related) 2019-10-16 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR S5843-5845)


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