This week, Senators Feinstein, Rubio, and Bennet continued negotiations with CEO’s from members of the Ag Workforce Coalition (AWC) and the United Farm Workers (UFW). Tom Nassif was in Washington this week to continue participation in the negotiations. The Senate is continuing to press forward with drafting immigration legislation and efforts to conclude the agriculture piece have intensified.
While much of Washington was shut down with the threat of heavy snow, Senate and industry negotiators met for several hours on Wednesday and will likely meet again next week to continue moving towards an agreement.
On Tuesday, a group of agriculture industry leaders, including Tom Nassif, also had separate meetings with Senator Rubio (R-FL). At a breakfast meeting, Rubio was pressed on the need for completing an agreement on the agriculture piece that will allow agriculture to have continued access to a workforce in the future. Senator Rubio emphasized the critical role agriculture will play in any immigration reform legislation moving forward. On a call later that afternoon, Nassif emphasized the need for Republicans to not let the border security issue become an excuse for not acting on immigration reform.
Nassif also met with the Speaker’s office and Representative John Carter (R-TX) while in DC to discuss status of efforts in the House.
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