The Associated General Contractors of America has started a campaign for a new immigration bill that does not include "special restrictions on construction jobs" after the new Senate-approved immigration reform bill proved a setback for the industry. Construction firms will need more than 200,000 new workers a year, lobbyists say, but the new legislation limits the number of construction visas for foreign workers to only 15,000 a year. AGC plans to use phone calls and office visits for key Republican members during the Fourth of July recess "to underscore the merits of the industry’s position," writes Peter Wallsten.

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