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Bipartisan Ag-Labor Bill Expected to Advance in House
USAgNet - 11/21/2019

The National Milk Producers Federation called for the House Judiciary Committee to advance a bipartisan agricultural labor bill that would be a significant step in addressing America's agriculture labor crisis, especially given the full House has not voted on such legislation in decades.

The committee today is considering H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan agriculture labor bill introduced late last month by Immigration Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA). NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern urged members of Congress to move the bill forward so work can continue on the measure.

"Our dairy farmers face unique workforce challenges that require a solution from Congress," Mulhern said. "Advancing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act is essential for us to have the opportunity to continue bipartisan efforts to address the labor crisis hurting dairy farms across the U.S. NMPF thanks Chairwoman Lofgren and Congressman Newhouse for their bipartisan leadership in drafting a bill that's capable of moving ag labor reform through Congress."

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act advancement enjoys wide support from the agriculture and business community. Nearly 300 organizations on Monday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to move the bill through the chamber.

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