TAG: Congress

Government funding bill addresses H-2B, NALP says

May 1, 2017By

Congressional 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... read more

Government Affairs: Congress’ unfinished business for landscapers

December 7, 2015By

This year was not a productive year for Congress dealing with issues important to landscape contractors. For that matter, 2015 was not a productive year for Congress by any measure. Although both the House and Senate are controlled by the Republican Party, deep internal divisions among Republican House members, kept much of anything meaningful from getting to the floor for... read more

Government Affairs: The next move on immigration reform

December 2, 2014By

On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions that would defer deportation for an estimated 4.5 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S. The executive actions had been anticipated since last spring, but the Obama administration postponed taking action to give Congress the opportunity to act on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The Senate passed a... read more

Government Affairs: Unfinished business

November 4, 2014By

As the 113th U.S. Congress comes to the end of its term in December, many are calling it the most unproductive Congress in history. Partisan wrangling rather than constructive legislative work seemed to have been the order of the day throughout this Congress’ two-year history. Left undone are at least three pieces of legislation that could help landscape contractors. Putting... read more

Government Affairs: Immigration reform at a standstill

October 6, 2014By

For some months now, the Obama administration has been threatening to use presidential executive powers to fix the broken immigration system in the face of congressional inaction. In frustration over the lack of action by the House on immigration reform issues, in early May President Barack Obama ordered Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to review steps that the administration could... read more

NJLCA, NJNLA team up for Legislative Day on the Hill

August 8, 2014By

Hundreds of Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) members converged in Washington, D.C., July 29 for the organization’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill, hosted by PLANET, the Accredited Snow Contractors Association and the Snow & Ice Management Association. The event is put on to offer landscape professionals an opportunity to discuss issues impacting the landscape and lawn care industry with their senators and representatives.... read more