Government funding bill addresses H-2B, NALP says

May 1, 2017 -  By

nalpCongressional negotiators reached an agreement late Sunday on a spending bill that contains “limited H-2B cap relief,” according to an email alert from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

If approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Trump before May 5, the bill will fund the government through the end of September.

The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the authority to raise the H-2B cap when there is an economic need, according to NALP. It limits the total number of H-2B workers that may enter the U.S. during fiscal 2017 to 129,547, which is the number of new and returning H-2B workers admitted to the U.S. in fiscal 2007.

The bill also continues provisions from fiscal 2016 that limit the ability of the administration to enforce the corresponding employment and 3/4 guarantee provisions of the 2015 regulations, allow for the use of private wage surveys, provide for a 10-month season and allow staggered crossing for seafood workers.

“NALP will encourage the administration to swiftly implement this H-2B cap relief,” the association said in the email announcement. “We will also continue to encourage Congress to provide relief for fiscal year 2018 and to pass permanent H-2B cap relief. Thanks to our members for the tremendous outreach to lawmakers that made this victory possible.”

About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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