FWMA in Senate
After passing for the second time in the House, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse feels like Senators are coming around …
NEWHOUSE … “I think I can best say at this point, we have been making a lot of progress with the Senate. A lot of important work has been happening between Senators and House members and the staff of offices in both the Senate and the House. A lot of ideas are being exchanged, and paperwork being exchanged, so a lot of conversation is happening and I’m very encouraged by that.”
Today’s labor challenges, Newhouse says are not lost on the Senate …
NEWHOUSE … “I think I’ve said before that there is a growing number of Senators that understand the critical nature of this problem and why agriculture needs a legal workforce.”
Newhouse says the need is becoming more and more clear …
NEWHOUSE … “We’re labor-short to begin with and legal labor is very short so we need reforms in the H-2A program.
So, I’m very encouraged by what I see as progress.”
The bill would establish a program for workers to earn legal status, more flexibility for employers, critical protections for workers, and an E-Verify system for all ag employment.
Newhouse’s goal is that we see this turn into law before the end of this term.