Issue Updates
Friday, 25 September 2020 11:32

FRA Issue Update - 9/25/20

Earlier this week, the House passed a Continuing Resolution, or CR, to keep the U.S. government funded past the fiscal year, which ends September 30. The House measure extends government funding through December 11 and provides a one-year extension of existing law authorizing and funding our nation’s highways and other transportation programs.
Friday, 18 September 2020 11:24

FRA Issue Update - 9/18/20

Last week, the FMCSA published a notice requesting public comments on a proposed pilot program modeled on the FRA supported DRIVE Safe Act. The comment period for the pilot program ends on November 9, 2020.
Friday, 11 September 2020 08:55

FRA Issue Update - 9/11/20

FRA extends our gratitude to the more than 26,000 firefighters and support personnel who are tirelessly working to control the wildfires in the West. Our thoughts are with these firefighters, and the businesses and families whose lives have been impacted by the wildfires during these already difficult times.
Friday, 04 September 2020 09:55

FRA Issue Update - 9/4/20

Last week, FRA reported that we had reached out to consulate offices who process H-2B guest worker visas for forestry workers. Several of the consulate offices have reported back and have confirmed what the White House has reported to FRA.
Friday, 28 August 2020 09:21

FRA Issue Update - 8/28/20

FRA continues its efforts to make sure employers of H-2B guest workers have access to forestry workers to perform work this year. This week, FRA reached out to consulate offices in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua to provide them with information on the importance of H-2B guest workers for forestry work in the United States.
Monday, 24 August 2020 05:03

FRA Issue Update - 8/21/20

FRA continued discussions with White House staff seeking additional clarification on the guidance issued last week that ensures that forestry employers have the opportunity to demonstrate that their work is in the national interest and qualifies for a national interest exception.
Friday, 14 August 2020 12:14

FRA Issue Update - 8/14/20

This week, on August 12, the State Department released guidance on the national interest exceptions to the Presidential Proclamation (PP) of June 22 suspending the entry to the U.S. of certain immigrants and non-immigrants, including H-2B visa holders.
Friday, 07 August 2020 12:32

FRA Issue Update - 8/7/20

Senators are heading home for August recess. This will leave House and Senate leadership to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on their own as House and Senate Members wait out in their districts to hear whether a deal has been reached.
Friday, 31 July 2020 11:47

FRA Issue Update - 7/31/20

With unemployment claims rising and states reporting record new cases of Coronavirus infections, political pressure is building for Congress to enact a fourth round of economic stimulus.
Friday, 24 July 2020 09:30

FRA Issue Update - 7/24/20

FRA's H-2B survey shows the impacts of the presidential proclamation on forests. On June 24, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending non-immigrant labor entry, including H-2B forestry workers, into the United States until December 31, 2020. 
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