H-2B Letters to Leadership Push for Cap Relief
A bipartisan group of over 30 Senators and over 90 House Members led by Reps. Pingree (D-ME) and Harris (R-MD) and Senators Tillis (R-NC) and King (I-ME) planned to send a letter to Congressional leaders on January 22 urging them to include meaningful and permanent cap relief in any agreement to end the partial government shutdown. The bipartisan, bicameral letter to Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) also references the recent iCERT processing issues. We appreciate our members who took the time to call, write, or visit their elected officials. Over 600 messages were sent to the Hill through the Lighthouse grassroots network in the final 24 hours’ push for signatures. This collective effort certainly helped encourage many lawmakers to sign this letter.
Unfortunately, labor and anti-immigration groups are working hard in opposition to our efforts. Reps. Norcross (D-NJ) and Grijalva (D-AZ) are currently circulating their own letter that asks Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader McCarthy (D-CA) to oppose any increase in the H-2B cap or “undermine current labor standards in the program.” The deadline for Representatives to sign this letter is January 25. The letter is being supported by the following labor groups: Working Families United, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, UNITE HERE, the Ironworkers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Teamsters, and Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA).
AmericanHort continues to advocate through our leadership role in the H-2B Workforce Coalition about the urgent need for H-2B cap relief. We will keep you updated on our efforts and appreciate members and grassroots partners continuing to weigh in with Congress when asked.