Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill that would exempt returning workers from the H-2B statutorily mandated cap. The bipartisan amendment was strongly endorsed by the H-2B Workforce Coalition and ICPI as a legitimate fix to the ongoing H-2B problem.
The bipartisan amendment passed by a voice vote, which is a signal that there was minimal opposition. During oral testimony in support of the amendment our sponsors/champions Reps. Harris, Cuellar, Pingree, Stewart and Ruppersberger provided our talking points and arguments in support of the amendment for the record.
The lobbying efforts to clear the amendment for inclusion in the House FY19 DHS Appropriations bill have been successful. Thanks goes out to all ICPI members who reached out to their representatives. This is not the end of the line on the issue; there are several more steps. But this is an important milestone, and now effectively represents the intent of the House on the issue. It is a very significant win for H-2b proponents.