Senate debate over NDAA might have something for everyone
These visas are generally intended for temporary non-agricultural labour. But defense policy bills from previous years have provided an exemption, which currently expires at the end of next year, that allows employers to hire H-2B workers for certain jobs year-round in the two territories.
This exemption, which is proposed to be extended until December 2029, would continue to apply to H-2B visa holders who work either in construction for certain military projects or in health care facilities serving members of the armed forces. Another section, also found in the House version, would make Portuguese citizens eligible for the E-1 and E-2 treaty visas, which allow foreign citizens of countries engaged in trade and commerce with the United States to live and work temporarily in the country, assuming Portugal allows Americans to obtain similar status. Foreign citizens of dozens of other countries are already eligible for E-1 and E-2 visas.
Judicial confidentiality measure
The replacement amendment includes a long-dragging bill that would allow current and former federal judges to order publicly-facing websites to remove personal information about themselves or immediate family members.
The bill is named after Daniel Anderl, the son of federal judge Esther Salas who was killed in a 2020 attack at her New Jersey home. He received broad support from Democrats and Republicans for more than two years, as lawmakers grew increasingly concerned about rising political violence, particularly directed against judges.
Last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 21 to 0, with one vote present, to send the judges bill. But efforts to advance the bill in the Senate have been repeatedly blocked by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has sought to add similar protection for members of Congress.