The stimulus legislation signed Tuesday by President Obama restricts banks' hiring of foreign workers if they take money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

The provision, the Employ American Workers Act, was softened from an outright ban on hiring people with the H-1B visas that are granted to foreign professionals with specialized education. A related provision that would have required businesses taking Tarp funding to use the federal government's E-Verify system to vet the employment status of their workers also was eliminated.

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