Successful H-2B “Day of Action”
AmericanHort teamed up with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the Seasonal Employment Alliance, and the H-2B Workforce Coalition to host a “day of action” on November 13. Over 150 H-2B users from across the country, most from the landscape industry, came to Washington, DC to advocate for H-2B cap relief to be included in any final spending bill passed by Congress. We are grateful for all of our members who came to the Nation’s Capital for the November 13 event.
AmericanHort and state partner associations sent a grassroots appeal as well, which led to several hundred additional emails and calls to Congressional offices as well. If you have not yet communicated your support to Congress for H-2B cap relief, please act now.
During Hill meetings and via grassroots messages, our members asked that their elected officials sign onto a letter to Congressional leaders calling for cap relief to be included in a final spending bill. Senators King (I-ME) and Rounds (R-SD) and Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) are leading these letters. We will share the final letters shortly, but our preliminary intelligence shows that our Hill outreached resulted in a large bipartisan group of lawmakers signing onto these letters, with 30 signatories in the Senate and 100 in the House.
As with past years, “must do” appropriations bills offer the best opportunity to pass temporary H-2B cap relief, while we work toward a permanent solution to the H-2B labor crisis. House and Senate leaders have agreed to a temporary spending bill to fund the federal government through December 20 while lawmakers work to reach an agreement on a host of fiscal 2020 spending bills. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure the week of November 18.
We will keep you updated on the status of efforts to pass FY 2020 cap relief quickly. We are also continuing to work to negotiate a permanent H-2B relief bill.