In March, Karen Panetta, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University, testified before the judiciary committee for the I-EEE. She told the committee that eight-out-of-10 of the visas used by offshore outsourcing firms are held by males.
Grassley, citing that testimony, introduced an amendment to ensure that women are not displaced by foreign workers 180 days before and after and H-1B worker is hired.
Schumer responded by saying that "I think we should protect both men and women."
He contended that there were two provisions in the bill that protect workers. A higher wage requirement would keep firms from using visa workers as cheap labor. Also, if visa workers are unhappy with an employer, they can leave more easily under the bill's provisions.
Grassley rebutted. "You just heard him (Schumer) say, we want to protect both men and women. That's what my previous amendment did and he voted against it."
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