Statement by the Vice President (10/3/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release                              Contact: James E.
Tuesday, October 3, 2000                                    (202) 456-7035


     Today, the Senate took an important step forward by providing
temporary relief to high technology companies that are experiencing a
shortage of skilled workers and increasing training opportunities for U.S.
workers to meet those needs.  While I commend the Senate for its action,
additional steps will have to be taken in the House to ensure that the
legislation provides adequate funding for job training and education.

     I am disappointed that the Senate bill does not include the Latino
Immigration Fairness Act. The Act would ensure fairness for immigrants now
living and working in the U.S., and I call on Congress to pass it before


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