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Goodlatte Guest Worker Bill Up for Committee Vote Today

Goodlatte Guest Worker Bill Up for Committee Vote Today
RRN/Susan Littlefield

A committee vote is planned today for the agriculture guestworker revamp bill in the House of Representatives.  Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte introduced the bill Monday, and vowed to push for a “tight timetable.”

The bill, according to Politico, would essentially scrap H-2A in its current form, rename the visa program H-2C and house it within the Department of Agriculture. Many farm groups applauded introduction of the bill. More than 60 dairy groups penned a joint letter calling the bill a “significant, positive step forward.”

However, United Farm Workers and the AFL-CIO told Congress the bill would “create even more unfairness and dysfunction” in the immigration system. Goodlatte’s 2013 version of the bill passed out of committee in a 20-16 vote, but was never taken up on the House floor.

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