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Mike Bost

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Rep. Mike Bost proudly represents Illinois’ 12th Congressional District. A lifelong resident of Murphysboro who served for 20 years in the IL. state legislature, Bost is a husband, father, grandfather, Marine Corps veteran, and small business owner.

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Petitioning House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Phil Roe, Gus Bilirakis, Mike Coffman, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Bost, Bruce Poliquin, Neal Dunn, Jodey Arrington, John Rutherford, Clay Higgins, Jack Bergman, Jim B...

Help Veterans & Dogs - Urge Congress to Adopt National Veteran Service Dog Standards

Here's one problem we can solve. Right now there is a lot of confusion over service, therapy, and emotional support dogs. Current service dog laws are being abused because there isn't a national standard.  As a result, the validity of service dogs has been questioned. Veterans and their service dogs are being denied entry to public places, such as restaurants and airports. Many veterans report that their service dog allowed them to return to a normal life. Doesn't normal life include living without fear of confrontation? A variety of "service dog" bills have been presented in the House and Senate. We need one national standard.  American Humane, National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and a group of academic, business and government experts have created the first national standard for service dogs, but we need your help. Sign and share this petition today and let the House and Senate Committees for Veterans' Affairs know you support one common sense national standard for service dogs.  Supporting this petition will ensure veterans and their service dogs have the opportunity to become credentialed. Let's help veterans and their service dogs live a life without fear of confrontation.    #dogs4vets

National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations
20,981 supporters
Petitioning Trey Gowdy, Mike Bost, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt, Donald Trump, Claire McCaskill, Ann Wagner, Ed Emery

Remove Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal from office for her Assassination comment.

Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has openly called for the Assassination of our President of the United States Donald J. Trump. The petition is to remove her from her current seat and to ensure that she never holds a seat again, as well as set the tone for any copycats out there. Furthermore, we the people call for the prosecution of Missouri Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal. To read more, check out the links below: Missouri Senator openly calls for the Assassination of the President of the United States McCaskill, Clay and others call for Mo senator to resign after post hoping for Trump's assassination Lawmaker posts, deletes Trump assassination comment Once you have taken the time to read the articles above, please consider signing the petition. Make your voices heard. No one should EVER use a political seat to call for the murder of another human being. PLEASE SHARE.... MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!!!

Jeremy D
4,055 supporters
Petitioning House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, The United State Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Phil Roe, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Thom Tillis, Mik...

DEFEND 225,000 ELDERLY DISABLED VETS: VA Individual Unemployability (IU) Demise for FY18

SIGN THIS PETITION TO SUPPORT 225,000 ELDERLY DISABLED VETERANS!!!! I am a disabled Marine Corps combat Veteran. I put forward this CALL FOR ACTION on behalf of the countless WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran brothers that could be negatively affected by proposed changes in the 2018 Federal Budget surrounding VA Individual Unemployability (IU).   We are requesting that the proposed changes to IU NOT BE ENACTED.  Our nations' disabled Veterans that are at or reaching retirement age and who have sacrificed and given so much to our country should not be put in positions of compromise or, potentially, of HOMELESSNESS when at their most vulnerable.  They certainly DID NOT do the same when asked to serve and to go into harm’s way! The Executive Budget Proposal for FY 2018 includes changes to VA Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits to fund the expansion of the Veterans Choice program.  While Veterans Choice is a great program used by many us Veterans it should not be expanded at the expense of those severely Disabled Veterans receiving IU when at retirement age. IU provides Veterans who are between 60% to 90% disabled with pay at the 100% disabled rate due to their inability to be gainfully employed because of their service connected disabilities.  The proposal in this budget would be to retract IU benefits when Veterans reach the minimum age for retirement of 62 and, therefore, being eligible for social security benefits. WE NEED TO IMPROVE VETERAN BENEFITS AND NOT REDUCE THEM! This is problematic because: 1)    Veterans receiving IU have been forced from the workplace due to their service connected disabilities and have not accumulated the same Social Security benefits as someone who was able to be gainfully employed for their entire work eligible life. 2)    These same Veterans have not been able to save either through personal savings or employer sponsored retirement plans as if they would have been able to had they been gainfully employed. 3)    Most Americans who are not disabled Veterans are not able to retire at the minimum retirement age of 62 so assuming that disabled Veterans would retire at this age is inequitable. Disabled Veterans who suffered serious and disabling injuries while serving our country COULD BE at a SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGE during the later years of life should this proposal be adopted. SAY NO BY SIGNING THIS PETITION!    

SGT Wilson RD
3,457 supporters
Petitioning Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, Robert Aderholt, Rick Allen, Justin Amash, Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Andy Barr, Joe Barton, Dan Benishek, Diane Black, ...

Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015

On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.  The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.”  Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers.  Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor.  In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators.  Today, HR 2737 has 312 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation.  Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing.  We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.

Veterans Equity Center
3,437 supporters
Petitioning Terri Bryant, Paul Schimpf, Mike Bost, John Shimkus, Donald Trump, John Cullerton, John Cavaletto, Kelly Burke, Bruce Rauner

Illinois DUI laws involving death need severe punishment. It is murder to kill another

Our 18 year old daughter was killed on June 11, 2017 by a drugged uninsured driver . She was wearing her seatbelt & driving the speed limit on I57 while going for ice cream on a Sunday afternoon.  He failed to control his vehicle due to his high rate of speed , fighting with a passenger and being under the influence . Instead of braking anytime after he went off the road , his continued high speed caused his vehicle to become airborne .   He smashed into the drivers side post of my daughters Jeep , causing skull fracture , brain hemorrhage & instant death .  He murdered our daughter & used his car as a weapon.   I will never see my daughter again. I will never hug her again or get to see her beautiful smile . She will never get to obtain her teaching degree or get married or be a mother. She will never attend another mass again.  Emma was a 4.0 Deans list student on academic scholarship at SIUE.  She was very organized & structured. She loved learning. She was an active member of her sorority and our church . She held her faith close & she lived her faith wholeheartedly. Our family unit is an extremely close one. Emma loved her Mom and Dad & Sister SO much, as we do her . She had amazing friendships & she loved & appreciated them all, with all of her heart . She loved her life & was so excited about her future that she deserved to have.  A dui offense that involves a death should be treated as the murder that it is . Please help me petition to change Illinois' current lenient dui laws involving death. Your child's life could depend on it . 

Wendi Caserotti
3,359 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Jeff sessions, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Clay Higgins, Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Republi...

Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.

Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks.  The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect.  In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be.  And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute.  So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute?   And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t.  Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute.  As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past.  Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents?  We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this.  The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU -  are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use.  As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees.  As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families.  Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American

Legally Armed America
3,300 supporters
Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Bernie Sanders, Johnny Isakson, Jerry Moran, John Boozman, Dean Heller, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Jon Tes...

URGENT: Veterans in Crisis with Military Sexual Trauma Lack Safe Inpatient Crisis Care

Being held prisoner and fighting off being raped in the military was a very terrifying experience for me. Receiving VA trauma related crisis care shouldn't be traumatizing. Unfortunately for veterans like myself, inpatient care can be re-traumatizing, even if it is well-intentioned by VA staff. Patients in locked inpatient units can be unpredictable as well as verbally, physically and/or sexually aggressive. This can cause a veteran with severe military sexual trauma (MST) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related triggers to go into fight-or-flight mode. A triggering or re-traumatizing inpatient care environment paired with a lack of trauma-informed care can also cause a veteran to experience an increase in panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, suicidal thoughts, hyper vigilance, fear, aggression, hopelessness and more.  Even though I was a voluntary patient with no suicidal intent, I was denied the choice to leave the mixed-gender inpatient unit that severely exacerbated my PTSD symptoms. I did not come to the VA expecting or wanting inpatient care; still I was held for six days against my will in a mentally and physically unsafe environment, away from my husband, my children, my business, my VA PTSD counselor, and my service dog. I am still feeling the negative affects of this forced stay two years later.  VA inpatient staff wrote this in my medical notes: "Pt clearly has been triggered by hospitalization due to similar physical features of hospital with the place she was held captive by her attacker." "Pt. curled up on floor in bathroom. Stated she felt trapped on the ward and was uncomfortable with the camera in her room."  "Responded to pt, found hiding behind a sofa in the small dayroom. She reported feeling threatened by a male patient, who was yelling on the ward." "Veteran is in an acute panic state for much of the morning, tearful, sweating and breathing rapidly. She states repeatedly that the unit is "dangerous" and she feels very unsafe, and the experience is re-traumatizing." Patient "begged to be allowed to go home and be with her service dog. She described the unit and staff as terrorizing, traumatizing, and torturing." "She is absolutely correct in her insistence that this environment has been triggering and exacerbating her symptoms, and that she has not been receiving expected treatment including medications (past medications include quetiapine, lorazepam, zolpidem per chart review) but also other stress-reduction tools including access to her service dog."  My friend Christine moved to another city just so she would not have to come back to our VA, after her retraumatizing inpatient experience that involved a male patient exposing himself to her among other things. I've also met another MST/PTSD veteran online, since starting this petition, who wanted inpatient care but was subjected to inappropriate behavior by two elderly veterans with dementia at our VA. Because the environment was triggering, she was given a pill and sent home instead of receiving the safe trauma-informed crisis care she needed and deserved. Veterans in crisis with severe trauma need trauma-informed care in a safe environment that is not triggering or re-traumatizing. Please join Christine and me in our fight for VA inpatient reform by signing this petition and urging the VHA, Department of Veterans Affairs, and/or congress to: Establish a standardized trackable MST/PTSD/suicide training program for all VA psychiatric inpatient staff and residents. Veterans Crisis Line VA employees get 40 hours of trackable training so they can talk to suicidal veterans in crisis on the phone, as well as 2-3 hours of annual job related training.[1] Why do the VA inpatient staff who physically take care of suicidal veterans with MST/PTSD in crisis get no trackable MST/PTSD/suicide training our VA? Please see FOIA request 17-02705-F. If all VA inpatient staff and residents were trained on topics such as MST, neurobiology of sexual assault, neurobiology of PTSD, suicide prevention and terms, how to respond to a MST patient being harassed by another patient, trauma-informed care, retraumatization prevention, how to perform grounding techniques, affects of traumatic brain injury, and what is happening in the brain during triggers and flashbacks - veterans with MST/PTSD/TBI histories would feel a lot safer and better taken care of while in VA inpatient crisis care. Amend the VHA Inpatient Mental Health Services Handbook 1160.06 to give veterans the #Right2Refuse inpatient care if it is not physically or mentally safe for them due to their trauma history. The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide states that no evidence exists to show that inpatient hospitalization is safer than any other care setting and that patients remain at risk for suicide during hospitalization (pg 60).[2] Since inpatient care is no safer, it is inhumane to keep a suicidal veteran in inpatient care if the environment itself is severely increasing their distress and suicidalness. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) promises to provide Veterans "care in a safe environment free from excess noise" that is "personalized, patient-driven, compassionate, [and] state-of-the-art."[3] Start providing female only or MST specific crisis care inpatient options within every VA Medical Center. According to a VA national screening program, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 males responded "yes" to having experienced MST [4]. MST patients in crisis require patient centric trauma-informed care in a safe environment to reduce their risk of suicide. Patients who have dementia, sexual impulsivity issues, or aggression issues should not locked in the same treatment space as patients with severe MST/PTSD. VHA Handbook 1160.06 states "that women Veterans utilize inpatient mental health services at a higher rate than do male Veterans. Current utilization is at 6 percent and this number is projected to double within 5 years. Each facility must ensure adequate access to meet the demand as it increases." [5] Thank you so much for your support, comments, and stories! Please share this petition with your friends and family so that Veterans with sexual trauma histories are ensured quality evidence-based care in a trauma-informed, safe environment. Please use the hashtags #ReformMSTcare #DontRetraumatizeVeterans #TraumaInformedCrisisCare and #Right2Refuse to let others know why this petition is important to you. Please tweet any statements of support, comments or questions to Twitter @LP_Right2Refuse.      - Lindsay and Christine   Definitions: Trigger: "For people with PTSD, it is very common for their memories to be triggered by sights, sounds, smells or even feelings that they experience. These triggers can bring back memories of the trauma and cause intense emotional and physical reactions, such as raised heart rate, sweating and muscle tension."[6] Retraumatization: According to the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, "Retraumatization occurs when any situation, interaction, or environmental factor replicates events or dynamics of prior traumas and evokes feelings and reactions associated with the original traumatic experiences. Retraumatization may compound the impact of the original experience."[7] Trauma-Informed Care: "Providing “trauma-informed” care involves using what we know about trauma and its impact to respond differently. Maxine Harris (2004) describes a trauma informed service system as “a human services or health care system whose primary mission is altered by virtue of knowledge about trauma and the impact it has on the lives of consumers receiving services.” This means looking at all aspects of programming through a trauma lens, constantly keeping in mind how traumatic experiences impact consumers. Organizations that are informed by an understanding of trauma respond best to consumer needs and avoid engaging in practices that may cause additional harm. This type of change requires providers at all levels and in all roles and organizations as a whole to modify what they do based on an understanding of the impact of trauma and the specific needs of trauma survivors."[8] Resources: Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Healthcare Inspection. Veterans Crisis Line Caller Response and Quality Assurance Concerns. VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide Veterans Health Administration Rights and Responsibilities of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers Military Sexual Trauma VHA Handbook 1160.06 Inpatient Mental Health Services Mental Health America Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Defining Triggering, Retraumatization & Revictimization Trauma-Informed Care for women veterans experiencing homelessness. A guide for service providers.

Lindsay P.
3,141 supporters
Petitioning John Shimkus, Mike Bost, Rodney Davis, Dale Righter, David Reis, Tim Bivins, Jerry Costello , Neil Anderson, Jeanne Ives

24/7 365 days a year Illinois coyote season

Currently there is a season on hunting coyotes 24/7. This season needs to be 365 days a year. Our neighboring state of Indiana also has a season, but on private property or with landowners permission you can still hunt at night. Wisconsin has an open 24/7 season except for during their rifle season. Also our neghboring state of Iowa has an open season 24/7 continuous season. Kentucky also has Year-round, day or night with a few exceptions that apply. We would like to change Illinois law season on coyote hunting to extend the full year. With the exception of certain deer gun seasons dates that are already closed. 

Shawn Lewis
1,732 supporters
Petitioning Bill Shuster, Don Young, Eleanor Norton, John Duncan, Frank LoBiondo, Eddie Johnson, Sam Graves, Elijah Cummings, Duncan Hunter, Rick Larsen, Rick Crawford, Michael Capuano, Lou Barletta, Grace Nap...

Send Helicopter Aid to Puerto Rico to save lives NOW!

Supplies getting to Puerto Rico have been bottlenecked. They are sitting in warehouses in Puerto Rico and are not being distributed to the people on the island that are in desperate need.  People are living without access to food and water.  Because of the Jones act the island is unable to receive aid from anywhere but the USA unless the USA decides to waive this (which as of 9/26 they have not).  We also have failing infrastructure throughout the island due to the overwhelming amount of debt we hold and an unyielding attitude to allow us to restructure the debt or have access to bankruptcy court.  PROMESA was nothing but broken promises to our people.  We have still seen no debt relief in any form since the passing of the bill.  We demand respect and dignity as people who have been continuously exploited by the USA despite the immense sacrifices we have made for this country economically and militarily.  We demand the following: 1. Suspend the Jones Act just as was done for FL & TX & allow foreign relief vessels into Puerto Rico. EEUU controls air and marine frontiers in Puerto Rico. They need to be open NOW for any and all international help. The Jones Act needs to be waived for hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.2. Send immediate and massive aid to Puerto Rico beginning with helicopters to distribute donations and rescue people in areas that are cut off & including cell towers to aid in communications for residents & relief workers.3. Pass bankruptcy relief legislation & negotiate public debt relief immediately.4. Pass a major reconstruction bill that includes solar energy & other sustainable technology that will save millions in the long run.

Jesse Cosme
1,616 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...


Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.org   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

1,244 supporters