Political Notes — Sen. Rubio says Perdue and Trump’s immigration bill won’t pass

[private]Sen. David Perdue’s bill to limit legal immigration into the U.S., even with the support of Donald Trump, is “not going to pass,” according to one of Perdue’s Republican colleagues, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

In an interview with a Florida TV station over the weekend, Rubio flatly predicted that the bill won’t even have the votes to clear its first hurdle and get to the Senate floor for debate.

“That bill’s not going to pass,” Rubio declared. “First, a couple of things. Number one is, that bill’s not going to pass, obviously. I think the White House knows that they’re not going to have 60 votes for it.”

Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants who came to Florida in the 1950s. He agrees with the idea of issuing green cards on a points-based system that takes into account a potential immigrant’s job skills, which is part of Perdue’s proposal. However, he does not think the number of green cards should have a hard limit.

“It sets an arbitrary cap on the number of people that are able to come here and get a green card,” Rubio said. “I think the number should be driven by demand, by the economic demand, not simply a number we come up with because someone wants to restrict the number of people coming.”

“I don’t want to limit legal immigration,” Rubio said. “We are in an economic competition for talent. We have to have immigration.”

Perdue and his co-sponsor on the immigration bill, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) are still pushing ahead with the measure regardless of the reservations expressed by their colleague.

“These changes are pro-worker, pro-growth and proven to work,” they said in an op-ed for USA Today. “They would ultimately reduce our annual immigration levels by half after ten years and reorient it toward high-skilled workers, which is just what our economy needs.”

Navicent settlement

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia,  G. F. “Pete” Peterman, announced a civil settlement with the Medical Center of Central Georgia, more commonly known as Navicent Health, over allegations of Medicaid fraud.

Navicent agreed to pay $2.55 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act by submitting bills for ambulance transports that were either inflated or medically unnecessary.

“Enforcement of the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act is a top priority for our office,” Carr said. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with our federal law enforcement partners to protect Georgia taxpayers and pursue those who attempt to inflate the costs of the Medicaid services they are trusted to facilitate.”

ASOS locates in Fulton County

The online fashion retailer ASOS, which is based in the United Kingdom, announced plans to spend $40 million to open an east coast fulfillment center in Union City, a move that may create up to 1,600 jobs.

“We are very excited to build a U.S. home in Fulton County,” said ASOS Vice President Brent Dorfman. “We will use the region’s transportation network and deep pool of talent to deliver ASOS’ best-in-class service to U.S. customers.”

Executive appointments

The governor’s office announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions —

Board of Community Affairs: Adam H. Hatcher of Augusta, the general counsel and vice president for MAU Workforce Solutions, and Albert M. Hodge Jr. of Rome, the president of the Rome-Floyd Chamber.

Georgia Technology Authority: Michael Shaffer, the chief advocacy officer and vice president of government relations for Augusta University.

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