Date: Jul 16, 2013
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Tom Nassif meets with Senate Gang of 8

With the urgent need for the House to act on immigration reform, Tom Nassif returned to Washington this week for several meetings in the House and Senate, urging action.

Today, he met with the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor and emphasized the need for the House to act, particularly as it relates to agriculture. He also had the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Paul Ryan, who has been an active participant in bi-partisan immigration talks underway in the House. With both these meetings, Nassif underscored that the House doing nothing is not an option, and agriculture is supportive of the House working its will but that must result in legislation passing the House.

Nassif along with other conservative leaders from the Business and Faith communities also met with the Senate Gang of 8 (Senators Schumer, Durbin, Menendez, Bennet, McCain, Graham, Rubio, and Flake) to discuss outreach and strategy to move legislation with the House.

Nassif also met with Rep. Costa and in addition to discussing Democrat support for however the House proceeds on immigration, also discussed the CA water crisis and challenges we are facing with Affordable Care Act implementation.

About the Author

Ken Barbic

Ken has been with Western Growers since 2009 and advocates on a number of issues including: immigration reform, impact of healthcare reform on seasonal agriculture, tax reform legislation, and the need to open international markets for U.S. agriculture. Additionally, he has served as a leader in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, developing recommendations and advocating for the 2014 Farm Bill. 

Prior to coming to Western Growers, Ken was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs from 2007 to 2009. In that capacity, he advocated on behalf of USTR on issues related to agriculture, labor and environment policy, trade preferences, WTO disputes and negotiations, as well as promoting passage of Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea. 

He started his career in Washington with the House Ways and Means Committee. Ken is from Bakersfield, CA and his agriculture background includes summer jobs working in a vineyard and doing fruit inspection for an export company.

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