Amendment preventing DOL from implementing H-2B rules wins Senate Committee vote
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee took up a fiscal 2013 funding measure for the Department of Labor (DOL). Subcommittee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) offered an amendment to the legislation that would prevent the DOL from implementing both the H-2B wage rule and the H-2B program rule through September 30, 2013. The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 19-11. Thanks to all of PLANET’s members who took time over the past few days to call their senators and express support for the amendment.
As originally written, the appropriations bill would have extended for an additional year the congressional prohibition that prevents the DOL from implementing the H-2B wage rule for all industries except construction. It was silent on the H-2B program rule. We are grateful to Sen. Shelby and others on the committee for their efforts to address both rules for all H-2B users.
The Senate Committee vote is only one step in the process, but it is a very significant step. The measure still needs to go to the Senate floor. In addition, the House has yet to take up its DOL spending measure. We are hopeful that the House Appropriations Committee will also prevent the DOL from implementing these rules and that the prohibitions will be included in a final fiscal 2013 spending measure later this year.
PLANET will continue to strongly support these congressional efforts and keep you updated.
If you have any questions, please contact Tom Delaney, PLANET's director of government affairs, at 800-395-2522.