Letters submitted by elected officials supporting H-2B (3-6-17) Email
Monday, March 06, 2017 12:00 AM

H-2B program updateThanks for everyone who reached out to their elected officials about the H-2B letters that Rep. Harris and Senator Tillis were spearheading. Those letters were submitted, along with a letter sent to DHS by Senators Collins (R-ME) and King (I-ME). If your elected officials signed these letters please reach out and thank them and urge them to continue to ask their party leaders to pass H-2B cap relief quickly as part of appropriations or any other appropriate legislation. If your Senators and Representative did not sign these letters, please reach out again and urge them to ask their party leaders to pass H-2B cap relief quickly as part of appropriations or any other appropriate legislation. 

Calls needed about H-2B letter (2/28/17) Email
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 AM
H-2B action needed

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Senator Tillis (R-NC) and others plan to send a bipartisan letter to DHS asking the Department for an audit of the H-2B cap count for the first half of the fiscal year and asking that any unused H-2B visas be made immediately available.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) and others plans to send a letter to DOL asking it to address processing delays.

Both Senator Tillis and Dr. Harris are asking other offices to sign onto the letters by the close of business today, February 28.

Please reach out to your Senators about the Tillis letter and your Representatives about the Harris letter and see if they are interested in signing it.  If they are, they need to contact either Senator Tillis' office or Rep. Harris' office tomorrow. Find contact infor for your Colorado representatives here .

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Grassroots help need to save H-2B visa program (2/17/17) Email
Friday, February 17, 2017 12:00 AM
H-2B action needed

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

The H-2B Workforce Coalition continues to urge Congress to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption so that seasonal businesses will not be shut out of the H-2B program in the spring and summer. We need your continued to help in urging Congress to act on this critical issue. You can use the provided talking points when reaching out to your Representative and Senators. 

Congress will be on recess all next week, which means lawmakers will be back in their home states.  Many elected officials will have listening sessions or town hall meetings. If your Representative or Senator has a public meeting, please consider attending and raising the importance of renewing the H-2B returning worker exemption. It is also a good time to make an appointment to meet with your elected officials to meet in their district offices.

Learn more about the H-2B visa program Email
Friday, February 10, 2017 12:00 AM
H-2B action needed

H-2B basics from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

The H-2B Program

The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs.

For more information about the H-2B program, see H-2B Non-Agricultural Workers

What is the H-2B Cap?

HB-1061: Revised Definition of Commercial Motor Vehicle Email
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 12:00 AM

HB-1061, created by Colorado Motor Carriers Association and sponsored by Reps. J Becker & Melton and Senators Scott & Todd requests a change to the definition of commercial vehicles. It requests to define commercial vehicles at a weight of 16,000 pounds rather than at 10,000 pounds due to the state mandates. Why? In a nutshell: 

  • Ports of Entry requires vehicles 16,000 pounds or greater to pull in their ports.
  • Patrol and POE mobile units can now stop 10,000 pound vehicles at roadside operations for safety inspections.
  • The bill brings uniformity to the weights as they both now will be 16,000 pounds.

Below see a fact sheet prepared by Hicks & Associates, highlighting key provisions of the bill. 

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