After the bill sailed through the House, it was stopped in the Senate by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa. Grassley put a hold on the bill, blocking the legislation from being debated on the floor. Grassley said he would lift his hold on H.R. 3012 if Senator Chuck Schumer will stop pursuing the Irish-visa proposal. Chuck Schumer, Democrat Senator from New York and chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants to add another special visa category to the H.R. 3012 bill that would provide an immigration benefit for Irish Nationals.
Schumer says that he is not the only one holding up the bill. Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts also wants to tack on the Irish-visa proposal to H.R. 3012, but won’t say whether or not he will block H.R. 3012.
Several versions have of The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act H.R. 3012 have been introduced in recent months, but each has failed to pass. And with this latest version, those Senators who are blocking H.R. 3012 from the Senate floor say they actually do support it, but it seems they would rather hold the bill hostage until their own proposals get tacked on first.