NRCA Action Alert: Support Legislation to Improve H-2B Program
NRCA is supporting legislation to improve the H-2B seasonal guest worker program, which is critical to many NRCA
members who cannot always find workers to fill job openings during busy seasons. NRCA urges members to contact their
senators and representative to urge support for H-2B amendments.
The H-2B program provides an opportunity for businesses to operate at greater capacity during peak seasons. However,
burdensome regulations issued in recent years and outdated provisions have made the program more cumbersome for roofing
contractors to use in a cost-effective manner.
In July, the House Appropriations Committee approved amendments supported by NRCA to annual appropriations bills that
will improve the operation of the H-2B program for 2017 if adopted. One amendment provides for a "returning worker
exemption," which is needed because the program's annual cap of 66,000 visas has not adequatelt met demand in a growing
economy. Another amendment provides regulatory relief from regulations issued by the Department of Labor that hinder
access to the program. Similar amendments were included in appropriations bills approved by Congress in 2015 for fiscal
year 2016, which ends Sept. 30.
Congress is drafting a short-term spending bill (called a Continuing Resolution or CR) to keep the government funded
beyond Sept. 30, when current funding authority expires. It is critical the H-2B amendments approved by the
Appropriations Committee in July are included in the CR legislation to continue the opportunity for roofing contractors
to use the program in 2017.
Take Action Now
NRCA is working to build support for the H-2B amendments and needs your help to communicate the roofing industry's
support to lawmakers in Congress.
Contact your senators and representative and communicate the following points:
As one of your constituents, I urge you to support amendments to improve the H-2B seasonal guest worker program
in the Continuing Resolution (or CR).
The H-2B program provides an opportunity for my business to operate at a greater capacity, retain full-time
workers and contribute to the local economy.
Without the H-2B amendments in the CR, burdensome regulations and outdated limitations on visas will severely
restrict access to the program for employers in 2017.
The amendments provide regulatory relief so it is easier for employers to participate while retaining protections
for workers. Without this relief, my company may not have access to needed seasonal workers in 2017.
To email the above points to your representative, click here, find your representative's website,
copy and paste the message above, and send via email.
If you don't know the name of your representative, you may find it at the link above by entering your ZIP code in the
upper right-hand corner.
To email your senators, click here, find your senator's website, copy and paste the message, and send via
You may also contact your representative or senators by calling or visiting their district or state office.
If you prefer to telephone your representative or senator, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121, ask for
the office of your representative or senator, and tell the staff person who answers you are calling "in support the
H-2B program amendments in the Continuing Resolution."
Please let NRCA's Washington, D.C., office know of any contacts made to your representative or senators by contacting
Duane Musser or Nathan Pick at (202) 546-7584 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thank you for taking the time to contact your lawmakers. Remember, grassroots communications with members of Congress
are critical to supplementing NRCA's efforts in Washington, D.C., on issues of importance to the roofing industry.