Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee considered and passed the Ag Act, H.R. 1773, which was introduced by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The Ag Workforce Coalition submitted a statement at a hearing on this legislation last month.
The committee action on this legislation recognizes that agriculture faces a labor crisis, and is a first step in addressing those concerns. The principles of the AWC/UFW agreement will continue to guide our efforts as work on the immigration issue continues in Congress. We appreciate that H.R. 1773 is reflective of some of the principles contained in the agreement.
The legislation does not adequately address a number of concerns facing labor intensive agriculture. These concerns were highlighted in a Dear Colleague letter that was distributed this week by Representatives David Valadao (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA).
Western Growers and Coalition partners will continue working with Members in the House to see legislation advanced that addresses the labor needs of agriculture both now and in the future.
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