Morning recap: Trump backing new immigration bill, bipartisan health care hearing planned

08/03/2017 10:45 AM

President Donald Trump is supporting a proposal to cut legal immigration into the U.S. by half within 10 years.

The bill, put forward on Wednesday, would award points to prospective immigrants based on several categories.

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or the RAISE Act, would award points based on a person’s age, education level and English proficiency. Additionally, an applicant can earn points if they have a job offer that will pay at least 150% of the median household income in the state where they will be employed.

Another category that would earn points for prospective immigrants includes extraordinary achievements, mainly international awards such as a Nobel Prize and Olympic medals.

The bill would eliminate the EB-5 visa program, and instead investors would be awarded points for investments in a “new commercial enterprise.” Those investments have certain criteria such as how much must be invested and how long they must maintain that investment.

The Senate health committee will hold bipartisan health care hearings

CNN reported that U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, announced on Tuesday that the Senate health committee will hold bipartisan health care hearings on how to repair the individual market. The hearings are set to begin in September.

In a statement, Alexanders said that he is working with U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, to hold the hearings.

Over in the House, a group of 40 lawmakers from both parties, called the Problem Solvers Caucus, endorsed an outline of ideas aimed at making urgent fixes to the Affordable Care Act.

Congress is in a race against the clock. September 27 is the deadline for insurers to sign contracts with the government over what plans to sell on the exchange for 2018. Lawmakers are working to come up with a solution before that date.

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