Calls needed by noon today in support of H-2B returning worker exemption Email
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM
H-2B action needed

UPDATEThe House rules committee rejected by a 4-7 vote an amendment by Rep. Andy Harris and Jared Polis (D-CO) to include an H-2B returning worker amendment in the continuing resolution after the House Appropriations Chairman suggested that this issue is controversial and needs to be addressed in the Judiciary Committee, not an appropriations bill. Reps. Polis (D-CO), Slaughter (D-NY), Hastings (D-FL) and Newhouse (R-WA) voted in favor of the amendment. Several other members support the program but suggested that the CR is not the proper bill to address the H-2B program.

Another urgent call to action for today, from the H-2B Workforce Coalition (at the bottom of the post). Here's what Coloradans can do now:

We need your help connecting with Congressman Polis’ office by noon today. Rep. Andy Harris, the main H2B champion in Congress, is asking the House Rules Committee to add the returning worker exemption to the temporary spending bill for the federal government (a continuing resolution). Representative Polis sits on the Rules committee, and as you know is a longtime supporter of H2B. Please call his office ASAP and ask him to support the H2B returning worker exemption in the spending bill when the Rules Committee discusses it this afternoon.

Camilla Vogt (camilla.vogt@mail.house.gov) is the Legislative Assistant in DC to call; Eve Lieberman (eve.lieberman@mail.house.gov) is the Chief of Staff. Please call one or both of them. (202) 225-2161.

The meeting happens at 3 pm eastern, which is why we need your help by noon. If you’re in his district (Boulder, Mountains, some Fort Collins, Broomfield etc) please note that in your calls and emails. If you do work in the district you can note that too. 

The House Rules Committee will meet at 3pm [EST] this afternoon to discuss the rules for debating the temporary spending bill or continuing resolution. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is asking the Rules Committee to add a returning worker exemption to the bill during the Committee meeting. He needs your support!

 

IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, PLEASE CALL AND URGE HIM OR HER TO SUPPORT THE ADDITION OF THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION ANOMALY DURING THE COMMITTEE’S 3PM MEETING. THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE LISTED BELOW.

Democrats

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-WA)

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)

  

Republicans
Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA)

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Rep. Daniel Newhouse (R-WA)

 

IF YOUR REPRESENATATIVE IS NOT ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP.  PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IMMEDIATELY AND ASK HIM OR HER TO CALL HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PETE SESSIONS (R-TX) OR HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER LOUISE SLAUGHTER (D-NY) AND URGE THE RULES COMMITTEE TO ADD AN H-2B RETURNING WORKER ANOMALY TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION.  WE NEED EVERYONE TO DO THIS IMMEDIATELY.

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