Advocacy: Miscellaneous

H-2B Outreach to Senate Appropriations Committee Members is Needed

Tuesday, May 24, 2016  
Posted by: Julie Hill

If you live or work in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, or Wisconsin, this message is for you.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will begin debating the fiscal 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations tomorrow (Tuesday).  If your Senator serves on the committee, we need you to reach out to him or her and ask that the H-2B returning worker exemption be renewed in the legislation.  A list of Senate Appropriations Committee members is attached.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Call your Senator. If you do not know his or her direct number, you can reach your Senator through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person to handles H-2B issues and tell him or her how important the H-2B program is to you. Ask your Senator to renew for fiscal 2017 the H-2B returning worker exemption that was included in Fiscal 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
  • Email your Senator. Emails for Senate Appropriations Committee members are attached. Ask your Senator to renew for fiscal 2017 the H-2B returning worker exemption was included in Fiscal 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
  • Tweet at your Senator about the need to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption using #SaveH2B.
  • Encourage your employees, co-workers, customers and other local businesses to call and tweet your Senator as well.

 Twitter Tips

Sample Tweets

  • Knowing what to expect is everything in business.  Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B
  • Why reinvent the wheel?  Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B
  • Returning workers sustain American jobs. Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B
  • 82 percent of H-2B visa workers are returning workers – proof that they are treated well. #SaveH2B
  • The H-2B program relies on workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal work, then go home. Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B