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Bob Larson H-2C Bill After Recess Pt 2
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: August 07, 2018

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I’m Bob Larson. Waiting until after the August recess was not what sponsors of the Ag and Legal Workforce Act were hoping for, but not getting a vote on HR-6417 before the break is not a deal-breaker.

Co-sponsor, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse says there are a lot of us who are disappointed, but it was necessary …

NEWHOUSE … “It’s been a long time since Congress has been able to pass any kind of immigration reform, let alone reform to our Ag Labor Laws and so this will be a big step, a significant step, but like I said I’m determined that we get it done and we get it done successfully. And, if it takes a little more time to educate more members about it, that’s what we have to do.”

Given the new plan of attack, I asked Newhouse if Republicans were optimistic about it getting done …

NEWHOUSE … “I think so, and by the way, this is a bipartisan effort. We had several Democrats as cosponsors on the bill and I think there will be more of them that support it when and if we get it to the floor.”

Newhouse says a lot of people are working very hard to get this done and this is too important for agriculture to give up the fight …

NEWHOUSE … “Like I said, we did a lot of work calling people over the last week and I think that we are real close to having the necessary number of votes, but not quite there yet and so we’ve got a little more work to do.”

Newhouse says the timeline may have changed, but the goal has not.

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