Readers of this blog have been having a feisty debate over HR 3012 in the comments and I'm sure this news will reignite the conversation. As many of you know, Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) has placed a hold on 3012. A hold is not fatal, but it definitely slows the process down and makes it a lot harder to pass a bill. Several supporters of HR 3012 were negotiating with Senator Grassley to try and get him to back down. Not surprisingly, Senator Grassley wanted several things in return and they proved just too much. For one, he wanted the provision that raised per country family category limits to 15% dropped. He then wanted to re-establish a per country limit in the employment-based categories to 15%. Beyond that, he wanted to kill the green card lottery with no reallocation of those green card numbers (in other words, just shrink the overall green card numbers by 55,000 per year) and, finally, to include the infamous Durbin-Grassley-Sanders H-1B amendment which would impose massive fees on H-1B applications and make the H-1B process closely resemble the PERM labor certification process. I'll report more as I learn more.