S.4318 - American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced July 27, 2020)
Committees: Senate - Finance
This act will provide additional relief for individuals, families and businesses affected by COVID-19. It proposes expanded federal unemployment benefits, stimulus checks and job creation, healthcare related provisions, additional flexibility and accountability for coronavirus relief fund payments, state tax certainty for employees and employers and more. Read the bill text >>
Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act
Sponsor: Richard Shelby [R-AL] (Introduced July 27, 2020)
Committees: Senate - Appropriations
Senate Republicans announced their $1 trillion stimulus package, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act; it will provide $20.457 billion in additional COVID-19 relief for agriculture. Read the bill text >>
Temporary Changes to Requirements Affecting H-2A Nonimmigrants Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency
Dates: Effective from April 20, 2020 through August 18, 2020
As a result of disruptions and uncertainty to the U.S. food agriculture sector during the upcoming summer agricultural season caused by the global novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has decided to temporarily amend the regulations regarding temporary and seasonal agricultural workers, and their U.S. employers, within the H-2A nonimmigrant classification. The Department is temporarily removing certain limitations on agricultural employers and workers in order to provide agricultural employers with an orderly and timely flow of legal foreign workers, thereby protecting the integrity of the nation's food supply chain and decreasing possible reliance on unauthorized aliens, while encouraging agricultural employers' use of the H-2A program, which protects the rights of U.S. and foreign workers.
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H.R.5038: Farm Workforce Modernization Act (Reintroduction)
Status: Passed in U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act Dec. 11 , 2019. The legislation was crafted over a period of months with a core group of bipartisan supporters, and garnered 34 Republican votes. It still faced Republican opposition: of the 165 votes against it, 161 were cast by Republicans. The final vote was 260-165; three Democrats dissenting. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it faces larger obstacles, and will face final approval by President Trump if it advances.
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Bipartisan House Members Introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act
On October 30th, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Collin Peterson (D-MN-07), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to provide a compromise solution for American agriculture. The bill was introduced with the strong bipartisan support of 24 Democrats and 20 Republicans.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which was negotiated over several months with input from agricultural stakeholders and labor organizations, makes meaningful reforms to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program and creates a first-of-its-kind, merit-based visa program specifically designed for the nation’s agricultural sector. Click Here for the Full Press Release >>
H-2A Advertising Rule
Congress is back in session following their August recess, and negotiations are ongoing on agricultural immigration reform legislation to address the current workforce and to reform the “future flow” visa program. At the same time, the Department of Labor is in the process of making significant changes to the existing H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program. Read More >>
S.3548 - CARES Act
To provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
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H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families.
DIVISION A – Second Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 Prepared by the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Appropriations
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