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Did Raul Cut-&-Paste Lofgren Bill?

A Republican lawmaker has submitted legislation that would make foreign students who earn advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math at U.S. universities automatically eligible for a green card or permanent residency if they have a job offer. If this bill by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) sounds familiar, it should. In June, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), introduced legislation seeking the exact same thing. Indeed, Labrador's bill appears to be a cut-and-paste version of what Lofgren is seeking. Lofgren's bill is HR 2161, and Labrador's is HR 3146. "It's kind of a novelty to take something word for word out of another bill, but it is probably not the first time it has happened in Congress," said Lofgren, in an interview. She called it disconcerting and said she has spoken to Labrador about it/Patrick Thibodeau, ComputerWorld. More here. (Wikipedia photo, of Zoe Lofgren)

Question: Is this simply bad legislative manners? Or something worse?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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