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9/12/06--House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., during the House Republican Policy Committee forum to hear testimony from committee and subcommittee chairmen who held immigration field hearings during the month of August. House Republicans held 22 hearings in 13 states on the nation's border security system. Rep. Adam H. Putnam was tasked last week with assembling a tough border security package that House Republicans hope will provide their party a boost leading up to Election Day. The Florida Republican will serve the Òsecurity firstÓ approach favored by his caucus, organizing a policy forum Tuesday that will generate ideas he will turn into legislative proposals designed to put political pressure on those who favor a broader Senate immigration bill. But on Wednesday, Putnam will share a platform with some of the very people his House leadership is looking to squeeze: supporters of the other chamberÕs version of an immigration overhaul. Putnam has accepted an invitation to join a coalition of business interests and Sen. Larry E. Craig, R-Idaho, at a rally outside the Capitol urging passage of the SenateÕs ÒcomprehensiveÓ immigration bill this year. The groups Putnam will stand with Wednesday want a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants now in the country Ñ positions that most of PutnamÕs GOP House colleagues oppose. Putnam is chairman of the Policy Committee. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

9/12/06--House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., during the House Republican Policy Committee forum to hear testimony from committee and subcommittee chairmen who held immigration field hearings during the month of August. House Republicans held 22 hearings in 13 states on the nation's border security system. Rep. Adam H. Putnam was tasked last week with assembling a tough border security package that House Republicans hope will provide their party a boost leading up to Election...
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