AmericanHort is very pleased to announce a bipartisan H-2B program reform bill in the Senate. The coming together of Senators from Maine to North Carolina to Alaska in support of seasonal workforce solutions demonstrates that many in Congress understand the unique labor challenges confronting our landscape members as well as peers in hospitality, seafood processing, and other industries. (Read the official press release).
Special thanks to Daniel Currin at Greenscape, and to Corey Connors at NCNLA, for responding to AmericanHort’s request for a quote on this important development.
The path forward remains tricky, but as is always the case when it comes to legislation, good champions are everything. We’d really like to single out Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) for his steady vision and leadership hand on this and other aspects of the immigration reform and workforce issues confronting agricultural and seasonal businesses. For these and other reasons, Sen. Tillis will be our opening speaker at our IMPACT WASHINGTON Advocacy Leaders’ Summit, Sept. 12 and 13 in the Nation’s Capital. Mark your calendar to be with us in September!
Author: Craig Regelbrugge
Craig Regelbrugge serves as the American Horticultural Industry Association's Vice President for Government Relations and Research. He serves in several leadership positions regarding the green industry and labor and immigration reform. He is national co-chair of the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR), working to secure an affordable and legal workforce for nursery and greenhouse growers. In 2008 he was elected vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum, and represents agriculture and the green industry on the management team of the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign.
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