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Reps. Bergman and Keating Circulate Letter in Support of Fixing H-2B Visa Cap
Please contact your representatives by June 3
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UPDATED:  6/3/2019

In an effort to gain permanent cap relief for the popular H-2B temporary seasonal guest worker program, Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) are circulating the letter linked below that will be sent to House Appropriations Committee leaders in advance of committee action on the Fiscal 2020 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill in mid-June.  

Last year, lawmakers were very close to having cap relief language included in the FY19 appropriations bill before negotiations fell apart prior to a government shutdown just before Christmas.  Not having cap relief resulted in the majority of the amusement industry with an April 1 date of need to be capped out of the H-2B program, leaving most carnivals and concessionaires who use the program shorthanded on laborers.  Supplemental cap relief was eventually given to returning workers only, however, due to a lengthy visa process, employers are still waiting for their H-2B employees to arrive.

DOWNLOAD THE LETTER 
  

CALL TO ACTION

Please call your Representative and ask him or her to sign the attached letter.   If they have signed supportive H-2B letters in the past, please thank them for their continued efforts and support.  Please also be aware that members of the Appropriations Committee will often not sign on a letter to appropriations leaders even if they are very supportive of the H-2B program.  If this is the case with your Member, thank him or her for their support and encourage them to support any effort to include H-2B cap relief in the DHS funding bill.


You can reach you Representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121.  Once connected to the office, please ask to speak to the staff person that handles H-2B visas issues. 

Listed below are the signees as of Friday, May 31.  If your representative is on the list, please call and thank him or her for their support.  If your representative is not on the list, please reach out to their office and ask for their support. 

Abigale Spanberger
Adam Kinzinger
Andy Barr
Ann Wagner
Anne Kuster
Anthony Gonzalez
Bill Huizenga
Bill Johnson
Billy Long
Bruce Westerman
Chris Pappas
Denver Riggleman
Diana DeGette
Don Young
Doug Lamborn
Elissa Slotkin
Filemon Vela
Fred Upton
Joe Wilson
John Shimkus
Kelley Armstrong
Ken Buck
Markwayne Mullin
Mike Bost
Neal Dunn
Paul Mitchell
Pete Stauber
Peter Welch
Randy Weber
Rob Bishop
Robert Latta
Rodney Davis
Scott Tipton
Steve Chabot
Thomas Massie
Tim Walberg
Tom Rice
Josh Gottheimer

 

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You can also send an email to your lawmakers by using the following link set up by NALP: https://p2a.co/l5fTSY7
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