Members of the Western Growers’ Board of Directors are convening on Capitol Hill this week for the annual Washington, D.C. Board meeting. Members will be meeting with administration officials as well as lawmakers and staff from both the House and Senate to discuss issues critical to the agriculture industry. Tops on the list of issues: immigration reform and water issues.
With just 32 legislative days left before the August recess -- an unofficial political deadline for passing immigration reform this year --board members are pressing hard for House members to pass legislation allowing for a conference committee to be convened with the Senate’s immigration reform bill which was passed nearly a year ago on June 27, 2013.
Members of the board are also encouraging action on drought legislation introduced by California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. If passed, a conference committee can be held with Congressman David Valadao’s drought bill which was passed by the House in February. Action on this issue is particularly important on the heels of yesterday’s release of a University of California Davis study indicating that the drought is expected to cost farmers in the Central Valley $1.7 billion and 14,500 jobs.
Today, board members met with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. They also had meetings with several members of the California congressional delegation, including: Congressmen David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Sam Farr, Xavier Bacerra, Tony Cardenas and Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Lois Capps. House immigration reform leader, Congressmen Mario Diaz–Balart of Florida, also met with board members.
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