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Update on House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee hearing (H-2B) Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:30 AM

H-2B visa program updateH-2B update from our lobbyist in D.C.:

The House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee is currently holding a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen. Dr. Andy Harris (R-MD) spoke about the importance of the H-2B program. He said that DHS has already certified over 80,000 H-2B positions, which clearly shows the need is there and he mentioned that many downstream American jobs are dependent on H-2B workers. He asked when DHS will determine the number of visas needed, and how quickly it will re-open processing.

Secretary Nielsen said that she will be consulting with Labor Secretary Acosta, as is required by the law, in the next few days and that a decision will be made soon, after DHS consults with a few other constituencies. She said the intention of the program is certainly not to put American businesses out of business or to hurt American jobs. She also asked Rep. Harris to work with DHS over the next year to determine the number of workers needed and said that it is hard when Congress gives DHS this discretionary authority and DHS does not have the needed data. She also thinks the seasonal division of the cap does not work and a better approach is needed and asked Dr. Harris to also work with DHS on that issue.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) added his support for Dr. Harris' comments.  

The hearing is still going on. You can view it at: https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=395210

The ALCC will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive them. There is not currently a plan for a “fly in”, but we will let you know if circumstances change.

In the meantime, we are updating our H-2B data. If you have not received all your H-2B workers, please let me know how many you have requested and how many you received, plus any information regarding the impacts of not receiving your H-2B workers has on your business. 

 
Call your Senator today to support H-2B cap relief 3-27-18 Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 12:01 PM

Senators Carper (D-DE), Tillis (R-NC), Collins (R-ME) and King (I-ME) are circulation the letter below urging Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen and Labor Secretary Acosta to immediately re-open H-2B processing under the authority provided in the fiscal 2018 spending law.

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Demand cap relief be instituted now Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Monday, March 26, 2018 12:00 AM

The latest from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Your Continued Help is Needed to #SaveH2B
As you are aware, last Friday President Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, which runs through September 30. The legislation is similar to last year in that it gives the Department of Homeland Security the discretion to raise the current 66,000 H-2B cap by an additional 69,320 visas. There is no returning worker exemption.

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NALP statement on H-2B and the omnibus budget bill Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Friday, March 23, 2018 12:00 AM

From the Paul Mendelsohn, Vice President, Government Relations of NALP on H-2B and the 2018 Omnibus budget bill:

"All, I am sure you have heard that early this morning the Senate passed the 2018 Omnibus budget bill and the President is expected to quickly sign it. The good news is that thanks to the diligence and hard work of you and many others, the bill includes 2018 H-2B cap-relief. The bad news is that it is the exact same language that Congress included last year and that led to less than optimal results, to put it kindly.

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H-2B news: Omnibus Bill Update March 22 2018 Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:50 PM

Please see the following update from the H-2B Workforce Coalition regarding H-2B cap relief in the omnibus spending bill. Additionally, view/download a statement from the coalition here.

Yesterday afternoon, Congress finalized negotiating the Fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. The House is expected to vote on the measure today and Senate action will follow shortly thereafter.

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