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Wagner Leads Letter on Behalf of Small Businesses That Rely on the H-2B Program

Feb 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02), joined by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Rep. Billy Long (MO-07), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), and Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10), sent a joint letter asking Speaker Ryan, Chairman Goodlatte, Chairman Frelinghuysen, and Chairman Brady to prioritize a common-sense solution for local employers that rely on the H-2B seasonal guest worker visa program.

“Each year, our small business employers apply for H-2B visas to keep their businesses afloat. But each year, our employers are faced with uncertainty and must attempt to plan around whether Congress will reinstate the returning worker exemption,” stated the letter. “Many of our local employers are left without workers, and are forced to turn away new business, resulting in lost jobs for Americans whose jobs are supported by H-2B workers. Relief for these seasonal businesses that invest tremendous time, money, and energy into hiring legal workers above board is urgently needed. We urgently ask to work with you to find a solution as soon as possible to ensure that our small businesses can continue to support American jobs and contribute to our economy.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

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