In what could be seen as a major blow to Indian IT professionals, the US Congress has prohibited banks and firms receiving federal bailout money from hiring people on H-1B visas in place of Americans laid off by them due to the economic meltdown. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, which had earlier opposed the measure, described it as "disappointing". It argued that this would prove to be counterproductive as it prevents the US companies to hire the best available global talent. The H1-B has mostly benefited Indian techies. The measure forms part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the stimulus bill. The Act finally passed by the Congress - both the House of Representative and the Senate - makes a provision of $787 billion for reviving the battered US economy.