CFGI Mentioned – “Congress Approves Short-Term Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown; Long-Term Funding Bill to Include E-Verify Extension”


“Last week Congress returned to Washington, D.C., after a two-week recess. With a government funding deadline looming, Congress passed H.J. Res. 99, a seven-day Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017), to fund the government through May 5, 2017, averting a federal shutdown scheduled to commence at midnight on Friday, April 28.

“The short-term CR was necessary to give the House and Senate Appropriations Committees time to complete negotiations on a final FY 2017 appropriations bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year…The short-term CR included funding for E-Verify, the voluntary web-based system that allows more than half a million participating employers…to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees.

“On Sunday, April 30, lawmakers announced they had reached a long-term deal known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. Congress now has until this Friday, May 5 to pass the bill.

“The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 continues to reauthorize the E-Verify program. Specifically, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is granted $103,912,000…for the E-Verify program to assist U.S. employers with maintaining a legal workforce…USCIS is also granted an additional $15,227,000 ‘for procurement, construction, and improvements of the E-Verify program,’ which means that funding for the USCIS E-Verify program is relatively consistent with last year's budget.

“In the meantime, President Donald Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal called for funding to support the mandatory use of E-Verify. 

“…SHRM and our affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), will keep our memberships apprised of E-Verify legislative developments. In addition, as it relates to improvements to the E-Verify program, SHRM and CFGI advocate in support of policies that provide employers with effective tools to ensure they are hiring a legal workforce. Both organizations believe congressional reforms should create an integrated electronic verification system that incorporates the E-Verify system with an attestation system which eliminates the duplicative Form I-9, uses state-of-the-art technology to accurately authenticate a job applicant's identity, ensures a safe harbor from liability for good-faith program users, and requires employment verification only for new hires.”

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