While the Democrats have stressed a comprehensive approach to immigration, House Republicans have been approaching it piecemeal.
In June, the House Judiciary Committee supported the Skills Visa Act (H.R. 2131), which would raise the H-1B cap to 155,000, and doesn't adjust upward. It increase the exemption for U.S. STEM grads to 40,000.
Both bills authorize spouses of H-1B visa holders to work. The Republican bill also creates a three tier wage system for H-1B workers.
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