Tomorrow, the Senate Appropriations Committee is slated to take up the fiscal 2016 Department of Labor (DOL) funding bill, which includes important and helpful language that will make the H-2B program easier to use for employers. However, there might be an attempt to remove these helpful provisions from the bill and action is need immediately.
The H-2B program is used by members of the horse industry, principally horse trainers and owners who cannot find American workers to fill semi-skilled jobs as grooms, exercise riders, and stable attendants at racetracks, horse shows, fairs and in similar non-agricultural activities. If you, your business or members of your organization rely on H-2B workers, please contact your Senator if he or she serves on the Appropriations Committee and express support for the H-2B appropriations language that is included in the DOL appropriations bill.
A list Senate Appropriations Committee Members can be found here: http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/about-committee/committee-members
You can reach your Senator through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the Senator's office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles Department of Labor appropriations. Call them today and tell them:
• You support and rely on the H-2B Program.
• You support the H-2B language in the DOL appropriations bill.
• The Senator should oppose any potential amendments by Senator Merkley or others that would attempt to strike the helpful H-2B language from the bill.
• Horse farms, trainers, horseshows, and others in the horse industry are often unable able to find Americans who are willing and able to take jobs as grooms, and stable attendants.
• Despite substantial efforts to recruit American workers the industry has been forced to rely on foreign workers and the H-2B temporary worker program to meet their labor needs.
• The H-2B language in the DOL appropriations bill will help ensure the H-2B program is available to the horse industry and other small and seasonal businesses.
If you have any questions please contact the AHC.