Advocacy: National

Critical H-2B Help Needed this Week!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016  
Posted by: Julie Hill

Help #SaveH-2B!

We need your help to make sure that the H-2B returning worker exemption is included in a temporary spending measure that Congress is currently drafting.

Congress is currently drafting a short-term spending bill, or continuing resolution, to keep the government funded for the next couple of months. Prior to the August recess, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2017 Department of Homeland Appropriations bill, which would renew the H-2B returning worker exemption for another year.  The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Department of Labor Appropriations bill that would extend the H-2B regulatory relief for another year and provide additional resources for H-2B processing.   While Congress is not expected to complete work on these appropriations bills before the start of the fiscal year on October 1, it is expected to pass a stop-gap spending measure called a continuing resolution that will keep the federal government running beyond September 30, the date that the current H-2B returning worker exemption is set to expire.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS THIS WEEK AND LET THEM KNOW THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION EXTEND THE EXISTING H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION BEYOND SEPTEMBER 30.

Here’s how you can help:
  • Call your Senators and Representative. If you do not know their direct numbers, you can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.  Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues and tell him or her how important the H-2B program is to you. Ask them to work with their party leadership to extend the H-2B returning worker exemption in the continuing resolution that is being drafted.
  • Email your Senators and Representative. In your email, explain the importance of the H-2B program to your business, your American workers and the local economy.  Ask your Senators and Representatives to work with their party leadership to extend the H-2B returning worker exemption in the continuing resolution that is being drafted.
  • Tweet at your Senators and Representative using #SaveH2B. You can find their twitter address at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members. Some sample tweets are below.
  • Create peer pressure. Encourage your employees, co-workers, suppliers, and other seasonal businesses to reach out to their elected officials.
Sample Tweets

The best tweets are those that you personalize to your member of Congress and that are specific to your state. For example:

  • @SpeakerRyan Wisconsin hotels need Congress to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now! #saveH2B
  • @SenateMajLdr  Kentucky seasonal businesses need the H-2B returning worker exemption renewed this month. #SaveH2B
  • @RepHalRogers Kentucky seasonal businesses need the H-2B returning worker exemption renewed now. #SaveH2B
  • @HouseAppropsGOP Help #saveH2B. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption this month!
  • @AppropsDems Help #saveH2B. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption this month!
  • @NitaLowey NY seasonal businesses cannot survive unless Congress renews the H-2B returning worker exemption this month! #saveH2B
  • @JudgeCarter TX landscapers need the H-2B returning worker exemption renewed now! #SaveH2B
  • @RepRoybalAllard California carnivals need the H-2B returning worker exemption renewed now! #SaveH2B
  • @SenThadCochran MS seafood processors need the H-2B returning worker exemption renewed this month. #SaveH2B
  • @SenatorBarb Save MD seafood, hotel & landscape jobs. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now! Thanks for fighting to #saveH2B.
  • @SenateApprops Help #saveH2B. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption this month!
  • @SenJohnHoeven ND businesses need LEGAL seasonal workers. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption & save American jobs #saveH2B
  • @SenatorShaheen Save the winter! NH ski resorts need Congress to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now! #saveH2B
Additional Sample Tweets to be directed at your Senators and Representative:
  • Welcome back to Washington. It is essential that Congress renew the H-2B returning worker exemption this month! #saveH2B
  • 82% 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.  #saveH2B
  • Every H-2B worker creates and sustains 4.64 American jobs. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now! #saveH2B
  • #saveH2B and save American Jobs! Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now!
  • H-2B program = more American jobs. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now. #saveH2B
  • H-2B workers support American jobs. Renew the H-2B returning worker exemption now and #saveH2B