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Greg Siskind

Tech Industry Targeting Six GOP Fence Sitting Senators

There's a lot of talk about how big the majority for immigration reform will be in the Senate. 50+? 60+? More than 70? There doesn't seem to be so much fear about a filibuster as there was before Senator Mitch McConnell threw cold water on the idea. But getting 70 votes changes the dynamic as far as the House is concerned. Speaker Boehner may be saying now that he won't simply bring up the Senate's bill, but if there is a lot of division in the House regarding advancing a bill of their own creation and you've got a Senate bill with more than 2/3 support, then it would be hard to dismiss.

The Hill reports

Tech lobbyists are wooing Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Susan Collins
(R-Maine), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul
(R-Ky.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to support the bill.

All have a tech presence in their state or appear open-minded on supporting an overhaul of the country's immigration rules.

Other names that have been floated include Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

About The Author Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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