CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, August 1, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 398 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) on January 24, 2011, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 398 would extend the period of time available for alien spouses who have conditional permanent residence and their U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouses to petition for the removal of the conditional status and attend an interview with the Department of Homeland Security during any period of time in which either spouse is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and serving abroad in active-duty status.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 398 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Because the bill could affect direct spending for visa and immigration matters and increase the cost of federal assistance programs, pay-as-you-go procedures apply; however, CBO estimates that those costs would be insignificant.