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SA 2687. Ms. MIKULSKI (for herself and Mr. Grassley) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 2847, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal eyar ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. ADMISSION OF NONIMMIGRANT NURSES.
(a) 3-Year Extension for Admission of Nonimmigrant Nurses in Health Professional Shortage Areas.--Section 2(e)(2) of the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note) is amended by striking ``3 years'' and inserting ``6 years''.
(b) Nurse Shortage Fee.--Section 212(m)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(m)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(G)(i) In addition to the fee authorized under subparagraph (F), the Secretary of Labor shall impose a filing fee of $1,000 on each petitioning employer who uses a visa under subparagraph (A).
``(ii) Fees collected under this subparagraph shall be deposited as offsetting receipts in a fund established in the Treasury of the United States to support the Nurse Faculty Loan Program authorized under section 846A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 297n-1).
``(iii) No fee shall be imposed for the use of such visas if the employer demonstrates to the Secretary that the employer is a health care facility that has been designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area facility by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 332 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254e)''.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Oct 13, 2009.)