|Sponsor||Rep. Smith, Lamar|
|Date||August 2, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Sarah Makin|
On Monday, August 1, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 1933 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) on May 23, 2011, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 1933 would reauthorize the H-1C nonimmigrant visa program for nurses for three additional years and would make a number of modifications to the H-1C program. With regard to the admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas, the bill would permit a one-time, three-year extension of admission, and reduce the maximum number of such visas per fiscal year to 300. H.R. 1933 would also allow H-1C nurses to be able to switch employment between any of the H-1C-eligible hospitals.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementing H.R. 1933 would result in no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that any such effects would be insignificant for each year. H.R. 1933 would not affect revenues.