Bill to address dairy labor issues fails
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a bill that, among many other reforms, would have established a new guest worker program available to the dairy community.
It is important to note that the agricultural provision was not the reason the bill was defeated. It did not have support from Democrats and some Republicans due to other policy changes, including additional restrictions on legal immigration and expanded border security.
Click here to see the roll call vote on the bill, called Securing America’s Future Act.
Addressing current agricultural workforce challenges has been a top federal legislative priority for our sister organization, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, because of the critical role immigrants play on our dairy farms. Without a labor fix, the cows cannot keep getting milked in America. We need a comprehensive legislative solution with bipartisan support that addresses the needs of the entire agriculture industry, including dairy.
Edge is a member of the national Ag Workforce Coalition and has been working with our other agricultural partners to secure the needed long-term solution. Our lobbying team, including consultants in Washington, D.C., is helping drive the issue as we continue to impress upon Congress the seriousness of this situation.
We encourage you to contact your lawmaker as soon as possible to urge Congress to find a long-term fix that keeps current workers and makes recruiting new workers less difficult. Click here to find contact information for your representatives.