Senators agree to expansion of high-tech visas

Senators agree to expansion of high-tech visas
Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 20, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say leading senators trying to resolve a key issue on immigration legislation have agreed to a compromise covering expansion of a high-tech visa program.

The deal represents a compromise between the high-tech industry, which relies increasingly on skilled foreign workers, and organized labor, which represents American workers.

The agreement was negotiated by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and clears away one of the two major hurdles remaining as the Senate Judiciary Committee tries to complete work by tomorrow on the sweeping legislation.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of any official announcement.