More than 60 farmworker groups from across America traveled to Washington last week to urge the Senate to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The United Farmworkers (UFW), the UFW Foundation and other groups made the trip to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the bill, which is a compromise between farm and labor leaders and supported by most farm groups.
The Fence Post Dot Com says the House passed the bill, but Senate supporters haven’t convinced enough Republicans to support the bill to get the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. Lobbyists for the bill worry that passing it in the next Congress would be close to impossible since Republicans now control the House.
Farm workers from major agricultural states like Arizona, California, Washington, Georgia, and others lobbied elected officials.
“Providing America’s agricultural workforce with legal status and stability is crucial,” says UFW President Teresa Romero.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)