Steve Steele, director of operations at Keesen Landscape Management
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA)On Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, PLANET participated in an H-2B briefing on Capitol Hill, hosted by the H-2BWorkforce Coalition, during which U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA), Dr. Mike Strain, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, and Mr. Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, briefed congressional staffers about the importance of the H-2B program.
Steve Steele, director of operations at Keesen Landscape Management, in Englewood, Colo., spoke to the audience about how the H-2B program is a basic necessity for his company and not a luxury. He said that without these reliable, trained workers he would have to cut back on the number of contracts his company handles.
Rep. Alexander told the group that he planned to introduce a bill this year, similar to last year’s bill, HR3162, which asked congress to block the Department of Labor rules that have severely hindered the usefulness of the H-2B program. He asked the audience to encourage members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill. PLANET is currently engaged in litigation to block the Department of Labor rules.