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Federal Legislative Update
House Democratic leaders are working to move all twelve FY 2023 appropriations bills before the August
recess. The bills have been combined into two six-bill omnibus packages. The first package, H.R. 8294,
contains Transportation, House, and Urban Development, Agriculture, Energy and Water Development,
Financial Services, Interior and Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. The House Rules
Committee is scheduled to meet next week to grant a rule for a structured amendment process for floor
consideration. The House will then consider the second six-bill package the following week.
While the House continues to move through the appropriations process, timing in the Senate is uncertain. The
Senate has yet to reach a consensus on the defense and non-defense spending numbers the Appropriations
Subcommittees need to draft their bills. Further complicating things, Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick
Leahy (D-VT) is currently recovering from surgery after he broke his hip. With the delay, Congress is expected
to pass a continuing resolution and conference the bills after the election.
The House Agriculture Committee is preparing for the 2023 Farm Bill with several hearings. The Committee
met several times throughout the month of June to discuss stakeholders' perspectives on programs in the
Farm Bill. The Committee is also scheduled to meet this week to discuss Title VIII, Forestry, and Title V, Credit,
with specific interest in the state of credit for young, beginning, and underserved producers.
Earlier this year, the Department of Labor proposed amending its regulations around the certification of
agricultural labor or services performed by H-2A workers. Specifically, the Department was interested
in revising the methodology used to determine the hourly Adverse Effect Wage Rates. The Department
believes the proposed methodology will strike a reasonable balance between the statute's competing goals
of providing employers with an adequate legal supply of agricultural labor and protecting the wages and
working conditions of workers in the U.S. similarly employed. Two weeks ago, the Department of Labor sent
the final rule to the White House. Next, the final rule will be published in the Federal Register.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing to issue a record 280,000 green cards by the
end of this fiscal year due to an employment-based green card surplus. Compared to the 66,000 employmentbased
green cards USCIS failed to issue in 2021, the agency believes it is well prepared to issue all available
visas by September 30th. The high numbers of available green cards and visas can be attributed to the
closures and limited capacity at U.S. embassies due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the agency has
begun to redistribute resources to process green cards more quickly despite past efficiency challenges.
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