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There are strong indications (but nothing fully confirmed) that Sen. Grassley will be taking the ranking member slot at Judiciary, and of course relinquish his ranking member position at Finance.
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Wonder what this is reward for? Effective protectionism or gross misrepresentation of facts?
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Wonder what this is reward for? Effective protectionism or gross misrepresentation of facts?
Hahaha.. well said...
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There are strong indications (but nothing fully confirmed) that Sen. Grassley will be taking the ranking member slot at Judiciary, and of course relinquish his ranking member position at Finance.
His idea about fixing the economy may be just to stop H-1B.
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There are strong indications (but nothing fully confirmed) that Sen. Grassley will be taking the ranking member slot at Judiciary, and of course relinquish his ranking member position at Finance.
Wasn't this the post held by Mr Steve King ? If so, it won't make much difference.
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Wasn't this the post held by Mr Steve King ? If so, it won't make much difference.
you are talking about 2 different chambers....Steve King is a member of the U.S House of Representatives and is the ranking member of Immigration SUB-committee within the House Judiciary Committee (for which Lamar Smith is the ranking member).

Grassley is a Senator (belonging to the U.S Senate).
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OK... so?
Immigration sub-committee is under the Senate Judiciary Committee.
http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/su...tees/index.cfm

And here is a sample of what Sen. Grassley has been doing while on the Finance Committee (ofcourse apart from what he has been proposing to do with H1/L1s)

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/04/...finance-panel/
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Here is some additional info on how bills make their way through the House and Senate.

http://immigrationvoice.org/wiki/index.php/US_Congress

Perhaps folks who still have doubts in participating in collective efforts and the power of a platform like IV will realize how important it is to participate.
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OK... so?
Enforcement!

It is a powerful position from where he can further his agenda.
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Enforcement!

It is a powerful position from where he can further his agenda.
Enforcement is not the job of the committees...Committees pretty much draft bills...Quoting from IV Wiki:

"Each bill goes through several stages in each house. The first stage involves consideration by a committee. Most legislation is considered by standing committees, each of which has jurisdiction over a particular subject matter, such as Agriculture or Appropriations. The House has twenty standing committees; the Senate has sixteen. In some cases, bills may be sent to select committees, which tend to have more narrow jurisdictions than standing committees. Each standing and select committee is led by a chair (who belongs to the majority party) and a ranking member (who belongs to the minority party). Committees are permitted to hold hearings and collect evidence when considering bills. They may also amend the bill, but the full house holds the power to accept or reject committee amendments. After considering and debating a measure, the committee votes on whether it wishes to report the measure to the full house. "
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They also have an oversight role. They have subpoena power and must confirm some administration appointments. I would say that adds up to a lot.

Remember what Zoe Lofgren was able to do for the community from her perch in the house. Now imagine Grassley-clones in similar positions.

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Enforcement is not the job of the committees...Committees pretty much draft bills...Quoting from IV Wiki:

"Each bill goes through several stages in each house. The first stage involves consideration by a committee. Most legislation is considered by standing committees, each of which has jurisdiction over a particular subject matter, such as Agriculture or Appropriations. The House has twenty standing committees; the Senate has sixteen. In some cases, bills may be sent to select committees, which tend to have more narrow jurisdictions than standing committees. Each standing and select committee is led by a chair (who belongs to the majority party) and a ranking member (who belongs to the minority party). Committees are permitted to hold hearings and collect evidence when considering bills. They may also amend the bill, but the full house holds the power to accept or reject committee amendments. After considering and debating a measure, the committee votes on whether it wishes to report the measure to the full house. "
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They also have an oversight role. They have subpoena power and must confirm some administration appointments. I would say that adds up to a lot.

Remember what Zoe Lofgren was able to do for the community from her perch in the house. Now imagine Grassley-clones in similar positions.
I am totally with you. It is a powerful position which can be used at times for partisan purposes. I just wanted to point out that it does not have 'enforement' authority directly but can certainly question those people in authority as to why they did not enforce. Go figure.
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Once again the Obama adminstration comes to our "rescue"!
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