WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foreign workers could gain visas for year-round work in U.S. meat processing plants under a proposal by the meat industry and the meatpackers union for immigration reform designed to create a steady supply of workers for slaughterhouses.
The proposal, expected to be part of the Senate immigration bill, would help assure a stable workforce, said industry and union officials on Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee was to begin debate on the bill on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress will begin writing a new, $500 billion farm law next week, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday, even as calls mounted for deeper cuts in farm subsidies and food stamp spending.
The Senate panel has scheduled a bill-drafting session for May 14. Its House of Representatives counterpart, unofficially, aims to start writing its version on May 15.
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Congress will begin writing a
new, $500 billion U.S. farm law next week, the head of the
Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday, even as calls
mounted for deeper cuts in farm subsidies and food stamp
The Senate panel has scheduled a bill-drafting session for
May 14. Its House of Representatives counterpart, unofficially,
aims to start writing its version on May 15.
WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – A White House plan to
modernize the major U.S. food aid program, by donating cash
rather than American-grown food, is in trouble after fierce
lobbying by farm groups, food processors, shippers and others
who set out to sink the idea months before it was unveiled in
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget.
The administration, which needs congressional approval to
make the changes, is discovering that only a few lawmakers are
prepared to publicly support the effort to send cash abroad to
make the distribution of aid faster and more efficient.
WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – Meatpackers could hire
employees through an agricultural guest worker program for the
first time under a visa program proposed by the U.S. House
Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday.
Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who oversees the legal code, said he
would examine the immigration system issue by issue “to ensure
we get immigration reform right.” The Senate is working on a
comprehensive reform bill that includes a separate path to
citizenship for undocumented farm workers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. growers, the United Farm Workers union and key senators agreed in principle on immigration reform for farm laborers, a grower coalition said on Friday, assuring the issue will be part of a comprehensive immigration bill to be unveiled next week.
The agreement calls creation of a new guest worker program to replace the current H-2A program and legal status for farm workers who entered the United States illegally.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators aims to roll out a comprehensive immigration bill on Tuesday, giving President Barack Obama new hope that one of his top priorities for 2013 will advance in Congress.
While the timing could still change, several congressional sources said the eight senators – four Democrats and four Republicans – plan to introduce their bill on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senators negotiating an immigration bill have reached agreement on wages for foreign farm laborers working in the United States and a limit on visas for such workers, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Thursday.
Feinstein, of California, refused to provide details on the agreement and added that there were some other issues related to farm workers still to be negotiated.
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
included $4 billion to improve security at hundreds of overseas
diplomatic posts in his budget proposal on Wednesday, in the
wake of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. mission
in Benghazi, Libya.
The money would secure overseas personnel and facilities,
including enough money to increase embassy security construction
to $2.2 billion, as recommended after an independent review of
the Benghazi attacks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate negotiators on Tuesday were putting the finishing touches on a bipartisan immigration bill as labor and agriculture groups argued about restrictions on immigrant farmworkers and their pay, lawmakers and officials involved in the negotiations said.
“We’re making progress. We’re trying to get it done this week,” Senator John McCain told reporters.