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Kingston Secures Victory for American Workers in Stimulus

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Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) today successfully attached an amendment to the proposed economic "stimulus" package that would require any jobs created under the act are solely for legal workers.

"While I cannot support this package, I am heartened that any jobs created by it will be secured for American workers," Congressman Kingston said. "We cannot allow for illegal aliens to benefit from this deficit spending. The American taxpayer will one day be forced to pay it back so it should be them that benefit."

E-Verify, a program operated by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Social Security Administration, allows an employer to instantly verify the legal working status job applicants. Congressman Kingston's amendment would require that any federal contractor hired under the authority of the stimulus verify the employment eligibility of their workers through E-Verify.

While the program has been marked with extraordinary success, it faces many challenges. It was originally created in 1996 and was known as Basic Pilot. It was set to expire in November of 2008 but, at the urging on Congressman Kingston and others, the House overwhelmingly voted to extend the program. That bill was blocked in the Senate and, in the face of sudden death a compromise was reached to extend the program through March of this year.

"We've got a federal program on our hands that actually works. It's ninety-nine percent effective. I can't think of a single federal program with that success rate. Only in Washington would it make sense to let it die," Congressman Kingston said.

In June 2008, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 12989 that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to participate in E-Verify. While this rule was set to take effect January 15 of this year, a lawsuit brought forth by give industry associations halted the implementation. Congressman Kingston joined Congressmen Elton Gallegly, Ken Calvert and Brian Bilbray in calling a President Obama to immediate implement the rule.

In a nine hour committee meeting, the bill was voted on along party lines. Congressman Kingston opposed the bill as 100% deficit spending. In arguing against the bill, he highlighted the fact that the government has spent $1 trillion since August of last year bringing the national debt to $10.6 trillion.

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