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H-2B Reform Still in Limbo

Sunday, December 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – H-2B reform is still in limbo. A bill that would double the number of H-2B visas available is ready to move in the U.S. House of Representatives, but a lack of consensus on budget issues continues to hold it up.

In June 2019, the House Appropriations committee passed a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriation bill that would authorize an additional 69,320 visas, in addition to the statutorily authorized 66,000. The bill also contains language that the secretary of DHS “shall” release the additional visas, rather than “may” as in the current authorization, if the secretary finds that the needs of seasonal businesses cannot be met with American workers.

Congress is approaching a deadline of December 20 to avoid another government shutdown, but they may punt and instead of the DHS appropriations bill may pass another continuing resolution, kicking the H-2B issue down the road.

Click here to let your Congressman know that you need the H-2B workers that the Homeland Security appropriations bill will provide.

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