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Two Days to Save America: Keep the "Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now Act" out of the CR

Conservative HQ In two days the House and Senate must pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. The bill is rapidly turning into a Christmas Tree for lobbyists and Washington insiders, but it will be a Grinch for American workers if some Members of Congress who are shilling for Big Business get their way. Among the worst ideas top GOP legislators want to include in the bill is a rider that could allow employers to replace at least 100,000 blue-collar Americans with up to 264,000 foreign temporary H-2B workers. Please join us in demanding an end to this dangerous folly by signing our open letter to House and Senate Republican leaders. The plan, says The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, would actually cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year, because the unemployed Americans workers won’t pay taxes, but would get unemployment checks and welfare aid from the taxpayers. Dubbing the rider “the GOP’s pink-slip plan” Munro points out it would also cut the wages of many other American workers before the 2016 election. That’s because the foreign temps hold down the normal wages that Americans could otherwise negotiate in a free market for their labor. The complex bill is a gift to donors and businesses, claimed Munro, because it would allow them to reduce wages offered in advertised jobs, thus deterring American applicants and then justifying their requests for H-2B visa workers. It also provides a huge loophole that technically keeps the current annual cap of 66,000 H-2B workers — but excludes from the cap any H-2B workers who got an H-2B visa in the prior three years. That clever loophole would allow employers to simultaneously hire up to four years of H-2B workers, or 264,000 foreign workers. “This bill reads like it was written by landscaping industry… it’s a wish list of everything they could possibly want,” Ed Tuddenham, a lawyer in New York said to Munro. “The steel industry doesn’t get low-wage labor to compete with foreign steelmakers,” he scoffed in reporting by The Daily Caller. This behind closed doors lobbying effort naturally excludes the blue collar workers and their families who would bear the economic consequences of this sneak attack on their quality of life and is eerily similar to the scam Senator Marco Rubio pulled on middle income STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and IT workers at Disney in Florida. Rubio’s I-Squared bill would effectively further the plight of American STEM and IT workers. Computer World notes that during a speech in Chicago, Rubio emphasized the false narrative that a lack of skilled American workers is the cause of massive layoffs in the tech industry, using the phrase “skills gap” as his hook; a code phrase which is also employed by Microsoft, Southern California Edison and other companies that have laid-off American workers and replaced them with cheaper foreign “guest” workers. Even in the face of harsh criticism Senator Rubio doubled down on his support of the H-1B program, even as workers he allegedly represents in Florida are being laid-off, forced to train their foreign replacements and allegedly being blacklisted by their former employer – Disney. Now Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, chairman of the Small Business Committee, Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Maryland Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) and Louisiana Rep. Charles W. Boustany want to do to America’s seasonal blue collar workers the same thing Rubio did to America’s white collar STEM and IT workers – destroy their quality of life by importing millions of cheap foreign “guest workers.” And of course all of this is going on behind closed doors where the citizens of Real America outside-the-Beltway have no voice. As Neil Munro reported, this business-first policy is also echoed by the GOP’s new House Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan, who has endorsed the “any willing worker” claim that U.S.-based executives should be allowed to offer any job to any foreign workers if Americans workers won’t take the job at an advertised wage. “We want to have a system where people can come here and work– go back and forth if they want to,” Ryan said in 2013. In fact, Ryan endorses the H-2B worker program on his website. “Employers should be able to hire workers on a temporary or seasonal basis when they can’t find Americans to fill the jobs. Wisconsin, for instance, relies on seasonal labor for agriculture and other industries, but due to a lack of seasonal H-2B visas, some Wisconsin businesses face annual labor shortfalls. If we can link legal immigrants with small businesses, we can help spur economic growth.” In Oct. 2015, only 62.4 percent of adult Americans had jobs. That’s down from 66.9 percent in April 2001, and level with the June 1977 level. We have 2 days to stop Washington’s inside elite from the destroying the quality of life for millions of America’s working families; it is time to tell Republicans in Congress that we demand an end to the “show votes” and that instead of giving Obama and Big Business a blank check they must exercise the power the Constitution gave them to represent the best interests of America’s citizen workforce, not foreign “guest workers.”

Please join us in demanding an end to this dangerous folly by signing our open letter to House and Senate Republican leaders.

We urge you to sign the petition and then contact your Representative and Senators (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) tell them that it is time for leadership; they must stop bringing more cheap labor to America. Tell them if they fail to use the power of the purse to stop this attack on America’s working families they will have forfeited what little legitimacy they have left. SOURCE: CONSERVATIVEHQ]]>

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