Update on House Appropriations DHS Subcommittee hearing (H-2B) Email
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 01:30 PM

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:

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
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 02:01 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.

Demand cap relief be instituted now Email
Monday, March 26, 2018 02:00 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.

NALP statement on H-2B and the omnibus budget bill Email
Friday, March 23, 2018 02:00 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.

H-2B news: Omnibus Bill Update March 22 2018 Email
Thursday, March 22, 2018 02:50 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.

H-2B news: Omnibus Bill Update Email
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 02:00 AM

Here is the latest H-2B update from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress did not finish its work last night on the fiscal year end spending bill and is meeting again this morning to finalize the details.  One of the points of contention is funding for a border wall. Congressional leaders still plan to release a bill today and vote on the bill tomorrow, but final action could potentially be pushed out to the weekend.  We will let you know as soon as we have any updates about the status of H-2B cap relief in a final bill.
Green Roofs Task Force (Denver) to meet March 21 Email
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 02:00 AM

If your landscape company does work in the City and County of Denver, you might be interested in the new green roof initiative and its implementation. There is a meeting tomorrow, March 21, of the Green Roofs Review Task Force, and the public is invited to observe. To follow is an email about the task force that was sent by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment:

Denver's Department of Public Health & Environment has convened the Green Roofs Review Task Force to examine how best to achieve the benefits of the green roofs ordinance, while possibly expanding compliance options for new and existing buildings. The group's fifth of eight meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at 200 W 14th Ave, 2nd Floor, Grand Mesa Room. Meetings are open to the public to observe. See the agenda for meeting five.

H-2B update 3-16-18 Email
Friday, March 16, 2018 02:00 AM

H-2B update

Here is the latest update from the lobbyist for the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress is close to wrapping up its negotiations over a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal 2018. We believe H-2B cap relief will be included in that package thanks to everyone’s continued advocacy and outreach. We expect that the bill will include substantial relief for two years, as well as the first permanent cap relief in decades. While the language being negotiated will not satisfy 100% of the demand for H-2B visas, it is a significant step forward. The final negotiations over the spending bill should be wrapped up on Monday.

While calls to your lawmakers in your home state urging cap relief are helpful, we strongly recommend that you do not reference any specific language, which is counterproductive in the middle of delicate negotiations. Also, please do not call any Senators or Representatives beyond your elected officials. Congressional staff see non-constituent phone calls and a waste of time and not helpful.

We will keep you updated on the status of cap relief in the final spending bill and let you know the details as soon as a bill is released.

Critical week in the H-2B fight Email
Monday, March 12, 2018 02:00 AM

H-2B update

Congressional negotiations over the fiscal 2018 year-end spending bill, also known as the omnibus appropriations bill, could be wrapped up this week. Legislation must be signed into law by March 23. It is crucial that you weigh in with your elected officials one last time and urge them to personally speak to their party leaders about the urgent need to include H-2B cap relief in the omnibus bill. Please focus on calling your own elected officials, rather than reaching out directly to leadership offices.

New toll-free H-2B calling system Email
Friday, March 09, 2018 04:00 PM

H-2B updateNALP set up a toll-free calling system to assist H-2B users in calling their elected officials. The details about how to use the system are below. Please keep up the calls to your Senators and Representative urging them to include H-2B cap relief in the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill. Read the NALP announcement:

Call Congress on Us to Urge H-2B Cap-Relief Today!
We are entering a critical stage in the fight for 2018 cap-relief. Significant progress has been made and our efforts are paying off! Despite progress, we can not let up - Congress is also hearing from anti-immigration groups who are urging AGAINST providing any additional H-2B visas. NALP has established a new TOLL-FREE calling system to connect H-2B users and stakeholders directly to the D.C. offices of their members of Congress!

Legislative Days on the Hill 2018 dates announced Email
Friday, March 02, 2018 02:00 AM

Save the dates

Legislative Days on the Hill allows you to become a Washington “insider” on the legislative and regulatory agenda for the landscape industry. Join ALCC members for this three-day event in Washington, D.C. July 15-17 hosted by NALP.

Learn more at NALP's site.

Update on SB18-062 (3/1/18) Email
Friday, March 02, 2018 02:00 AM

A legislative update from our partners at the Accredited Snow Contractors Association:

The Colorado State Senate passed SB 18-062 on third reading, 27-8. However, ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride says a lot of work still needs to be done as the association's model legislation heads to the House for consideration.

The bill may require some additional tweaking to appease opposition forces building in the House. The addition of the right amendment could neutralize any existing political dissension for SB 18-062.

2018 H-2B cap hit--calls to Congress needed Email
Thursday, March 01, 2018 02:00 AM

H-2B update

Please see the announcement below from USCIS. It is clear that 66% of need seasonal positions will not be filled due to the H-2B cap. We need your help to immediately urge Congress to include H-2B cap relief in the fiscal 2018 spending bill that lawmakers are currently negotiating. The current spending bill that funds the Federal Government runs out on March 23. We need your continued help to make sure that Congress acts. We know many of you have repeatedly reached out to your lawmakers, but please do so again NOW. We need your help to #saveH2B.

What Can You Do?

          • Please call your Representative and Senators at their Washington, DC offices and stress the need for immediate cap relief. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues. 
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