Next week the U.S. Senate plans to begin consideration of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Act. Consideration of the legislation will likely stretch through the entire month of June, with an expected vote on final passage right before the July 4 recess begins at the end of June.
During the Judiciary Committee’s markup in May, the agriculture portion of the bill avoided any hostile amendments. There was wide recognition by committee members that the provisions of the ag title had been carefully negotiated -- even Senators that were opposed to the larger bill spoke favorably about the ag provisions.
More than 300 amendments were offered in the Judiciary Committee alone last month, when the full Senate takes up S. 744, several hundred amendments will be offered, some of which may negatively impact the agriculture provisions or threaten the entire bill.
In the month of June, we will be calling on you at multiple times to write letters, make phone calls, and talk to your elected officials when they are at home. The activity in Congress this summer represents the best chance at enacting meaningful immigration reform that addresses the needs of our industry. The time for action is now!
How can you help this month? Here are a few easy steps:
- Take time to send a letter to your Senators and Congressman, even if they are supportive of immigration reform, groups opposed to reform will be doing everything possible to convince them otherwise. You will receive a Member Alert in a few days with information to assist you with this, if needed.
- When the Senate begins consideration next week, call your Senators. When an important amendment comes up call your Senators again. When the legislation is up for final passage, call your Senators again. Call the Senator in every state in which your company has operations. The Senate switchboard number is: (202) 224-3121. Just ask for the Senator by name.
- Post the document on what immigration means for your employees to see, and talk with them about what’s happening in Washington. (The document which is on the WG website can be accessed here.)
- Talk to five friends this week and ask them to also take action. Ask your banker, your equipment dealer, your fertilizer and seed provider, your pastor or priest, and other leaders in your community to take similar actions. Give them the Senate switchboard number.
Stay tuned for further updates and opportunities for action in Spotlight over the next few weeks.
For more information, contact WG’s Ken Barbic (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the association’s Washington, D.C., office at 202-296-0191.
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