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Urgent Call to Action from OABA's Government Relations Committee

Thu, December 06, 2018 5:35 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

OABA Call to Action

Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package

General Background

In the final legislative days of the 115th Congress, the House and Senate are engaged in heated conversations surrounding the FY19 Appropriations legislation that must be enacted before the government runs out of money – December 21, 2018. One of those bills – the funding mechanism for the Department of Homeland Security – is the legislative vehicle that will be used to offer the Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package for consideration.

What Should OABA Members Do?

Using the talking points below, OABA Members are asked to contact Members of Congress that they know personally, or have some relationship with WHO ARE ON THE LIST BELOW. OABA Members should not contact any Member of Congress not found below.

Please express your support for the compromise and ask that they support the Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package when it is considered on the House or Senate floor.

Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package

Cap Relief Measures
o A permanent increase in the cap from 66,000 to 132,000 visas;
o Temporary Cap Exemption for States with major disaster declaration; and
o Definitional changes to the H-2B program allowing employers to utilize the H-2A program for workers in the forestry, horticulture, aquaculture (seafood processing) and equine related services.

Enhanced Integrity Measures
o Electronic Verification
▪ H-2B employers will be required to participate in the federal E-Verify program for all employees hired no later than 1 year after enactment of legislation; and re-verify all employees within 3 years of enactment for all hires made on or after October 1, 2012.
▪ Temporary three year legal worker exemption allowing employer to replace each  worker who fails E-Verify with a cap exempt H-2B worker.

o Anti-fraud Penalties - Increase in the anti-fraud fee from $150 to $350 per petition.
o Establishment of DOL electronic jobs registry - DOL will collect a fee from H-2B employers to pay for this registry.

Compliant Seasonal Employer
o Provides prioritization set-aside of H-2B visas for employers who operate in good faith within the H-2B program.

Other Provisions
o Quarterly Visa Allocation - changed from current bi-annual allocation to quarterly allocation (Oct-Dec- 14%, January-March: 45%, April-June: 39%, July-September 2%); and
o Date of Need – set to 120 days prior to date of need.


Members to Contact

United States Senators

Murkowski AK
Sullivan AK
Flake AZ
Feinstein CA
Bennet CO
GardnerCO
Carper DE
Coons DE
Nelson FL
Isakson GA
Young IN
Roberts KS
Cassidy LA
Cardin MD
King ME
Collins ME
Peters MI
Stabenow MI
Klobuchar MN
Smith MN
Blunt MO
McCaskill MO
Cochran MS Wicker MS
Tillis NC
Burr NC
Heitkamp ND
Shaheen NH
Portman OH
Lankford OK
Wyden OR
Casey PA
Toomey PA
Reed RI
Whitehouse RI
Graham SC
Scott SC
Rounds SD
Thune SD
Cornyn TX
Hatch UT
Warner VA
Cantwell WA
Murray WA
Johnson WI
Barrasso WY
Enzi WY

United States House of Representatives

Young AK00
Byrne AL01
Roby AL02
Crawford AR01
Womack AR03
Matsui CA06
Denham CA10
Lofgren CA19
Valadao CA21
McCarthy CA23
Knight CA25
Cárdenas CA29
DeGetteCO01
Polis CO02
Tipton CO03
Buck CO04
Lamborn CO05
Coffman CO06
Perlmutter CO07
Blunt Rochester DE00
Dunn FL02
Yoho FL03
Rutherford FL04
Ross FL15
Rooney, Tom FL17
Mast FL18
Frankel FL21
Diaz-Balart FL25
Curbelo FL26
Carter, Buddy GA01
Bishop GA02
Johnson, Henry GA04
WoodallGA07 
Loudermilk GA11
Allen GA12
Labrador ID01
Simpson ID02
Rush IL01
Gutiérrez IL04
Roskam IL06
Hultgren IL14
ShimkusIL15
Kinzinger IL16
Brooks, Susan IN05
Messer IN06
Bucshon IN08
Marshall KS01
Jenkins, Lynn KS02
Yoder KS03
Comer KY01
Massie KY04
Barr KY06
Scalise LA01
Higgins, Clay LA03
Johnson, Mike LA04
Abraham LA05
Graves, Garret LA06
McGovern MA02
Kennedy MA04
Moulton MA06
Capuano MA07
Keating MA09
Harris MD01
Ruppersberger MD02
Brown MD04
Cummings MD07
Pingree ME01
Poliquin ME02
Bergman MI01
Huizenga MI02
Moolenaar MI04
Upton MI06
Walberg MI07
Bishop, Mike MI08
Mitchell MI10
Trott MI11
Walz MN01
Paulsen MN03
Emmer MN06
Nolan MN08
Wagner MO02
Luetkemeyer MO03
Long MO07
Thompson MS02
Harper MS03
Palazzo MS04
Price NC04
Rouzer NC07
Cramer ND00
Smith, Adrian NE03
Shea-Porter NH01
Kuster NH02
LoBiondo NJ02
MacArthur NJ03
Lance NJ07
Pearce NM02
Amodei NV02
Zeldin NY01
Rice NY04
Engel NY16
Faso NY19
Tonko NY20
Stefanik NY21
Tenney NY22
Higgins NY26
Collins, Chris NY27
Chabot OH01
Wenstrup OH02
Beatty OH03
Latta OH05
Johnson, Bill OH06
Gibbs OH07
Davidson OH08
Ryan OH13
Joyce OH14
Stivers OH15
Renacci OH16
Mullin OK02
Lucas OK03
Cole OK04
Bonamici OR01
Schrader OR05
Brady, Robert PA01
Perry PA04
Thompson, GlenPA05
Costello PA06 Fitzpatrick PA08
Shuster PA09
Marino PA10
Rothfus PA12
Boyle PA13
Doyle PA14
Cartwright PA17
Cicilline RI01
Langevin RI02
Sanford SC01
Gowdy SC04
Rice, Tom SC07
Noem SD00
Kustoff TN08
Cohen TN09
McCaul TX10
Conaway TX11
Weber TX14
Gonzalez TX15
O'Rourke TX16
Flores TX17
Jackson Lee TX18
Castro TX20
Hurd TX23
Williams TX25
Cuellar TX28
Carter TX31
SessionsTX32
Vela TX34
Bishop UT01
Stewart UT02
Love UT04
Wittman VA01
Taylor VA02
Garrett VA05
Goodlatte VA06
Beyer VA08
Griffith VA09
Comstock VA10
Welch VT00
Herrera Beutler WA03
Newhouse WA04
Kilmer WA06
Ryan WI01
Kind WI03
Sensenbrenner WI05
Grothman WI06


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