Victory! Congress Leaves Town Without Increasing ImmigrationOne thing you won't have to worry about this Christmas is having to start the new year with a massive increase of H-1B visas. Despite an intense lobbying campaign by the likes of Bill Gates, Congress didn't pass an H-1B increase or any other escalation in immigration. Bill Gates started lobbying for the Skil bill months ago. He personally went to Washington D.C. twice, and an army of his paid K-Streeters swarmed Capitol Hill to buy votes. Bill Gates was so salient that the Skil Bill was nicknamed "Bill's Skil Bill". In addition Gates spent untold millions to sway Congress. Gates wasn't the only one to get slapped in the face. Hundreds of companies and dozens of think tanks, political action campaigns, and immigration lawyer groups failed to open the floodgates to cheap labor.
Congress had one last chance to slip in an increase when both the House and Senate voted in favor of the "United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act", which I call "Nukes for Mangos". There was an attempt to attach an H-