I have worked in Congress on behalf of Kentucky farmers and all other employers who rely on the H-2A visa program to streamline the application process, create greater government accountability, and increase the program’s flexibility to meet reality.”
So I was encouraged to see the administration respond to the push for reform on Thursday when Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that their departments are working together to simplify the H-2A program!
Previously, farmers have reported massive financial losses due to H-2A application delays, and excessive paperwork has resulted in backlogs lasting 30 days or longer at both the Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
To help famers clear unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles, I reintroduced my Paperwork Reduction for Farmers Act (S. 1578) in July 2017 to create a more efficient process for farmers applying for new H-2A workers or reapplying for the same employees.
My plan would institute changes that include creating a simplified application for employers hiring returning workers, guaranteeing worker approval pending any necessary security checks, and enabling farmers to apply for workers with staggered start and end dates on the same application (eliminating a massive paperwork burden).
You can read the bill HERE to learn more!
I applaud President Trump and his Cabinet for working to continue the progress we have made to reduce the heavy bureaucratic burden Washington has placed on the American people and our economy.
Dr. Rand Paul on Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Effects of Our Foreign Policy
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on Thursday concerning the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request from the State Department, and it led to a broader discussion on several aspects of our foreign policy.
I used my time to discuss the situation now that we’ve withdrawn from the Iran deal, as well as to point out the conditions in the Middle East that our policies seem to ignore, especially when it comes to our support for Saudi Arabia.
We shouldn’t be enabling an arms race between Saudi Arabia and Iran. We also need to stop supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia that are then used to massacre innocent lives in Yemen!
You can find Senator Paul’s full remarks in the video below: