IMMIGRATION: Alexander's Statement on Cosponsorship/Vote for Chambliss Prevailing Wage Amendment

Posted on May 22, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement today on his cosponsorship and vote for Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ (R-GA) prevailing wage amendment (SA 3536) to the immigration reform bill, which would correct an agricultural wage disparity by providing farmers with the same requirements that apply to every other industry: “The Chambliss Amendment would have ensured that legal agricultural guest workers are under the same wage scale system as other legal guest workers, instead of getting preferential treatment. This would have saved Tennessee farmers money and made Tennessee crops more competitive nationally and globally.” The Chambliss amendment was defeated when the Senate approved a motion to table the amendment by a vote of 50-43.