Issue Updates
Friday, 23 October 2020 12:39

FRA Issue Update - 10/23/20

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought COVID-19 relief legislation to the floor for a vote, which subsequently failed on a procedural motion by a vote of 51-44.
Friday, 16 October 2020 12:16

FRA Issue Update - 10/16/20

This week, Senate leadership signaled that the upper chamber would take up another COVID-19 stimulus package next week, but it is not likely to break the impasse in negotiations between Senate Republicans and House Democrat leadership that has endured for months. 
Friday, 09 October 2020 13:20

FRA Issue Update - 10/9/20

Over the last several months, Rayonier and FRA have collaborated to develop a video that shows the importance of the H-2B visa program to the forest products industry.

Friday, 02 October 2020 10:31

FRA Issue Update - 10/2/20

Late yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed another COVID-19 relief measure along party lines (214-207). Seventeen Democrats voted against the $2.2 trillion package; no Republicans voted for it.
Friday, 25 September 2020 11:32

FRA Issue Update - 9/25/20

Earlier this week, the House passed a Continuing Resolution, or CR, to keep the U.S. government funded past the fiscal year, which ends September 30. The House measure extends government funding through December 11 and provides a one-year extension of existing law authorizing and funding our nation’s highways and other transportation programs.
Friday, 18 September 2020 11:24

FRA Issue Update - 9/18/20

Last week, the FMCSA published a notice requesting public comments on a proposed pilot program modeled on the FRA supported DRIVE Safe Act. The comment period for the pilot program ends on November 9, 2020.
Friday, 11 September 2020 08:55

FRA Issue Update - 9/11/20

FRA extends our gratitude to the more than 26,000 firefighters and support personnel who are tirelessly working to control the wildfires in the West. Our thoughts are with these firefighters, and the businesses and families whose lives have been impacted by the wildfires during these already difficult times.
Friday, 04 September 2020 09:55

FRA Issue Update - 9/4/20

Last week, FRA reported that we had reached out to consulate offices who process H-2B guest worker visas for forestry workers. Several of the consulate offices have reported back and have confirmed what the White House has reported to FRA.
Friday, 28 August 2020 09:21

FRA Issue Update - 8/28/20

FRA continues its efforts to make sure employers of H-2B guest workers have access to forestry workers to perform work this year. This week, FRA reached out to consulate offices in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Nicaragua to provide them with information on the importance of H-2B guest workers for forestry work in the United States.
Monday, 24 August 2020 05:03

FRA Issue Update - 8/21/20

FRA continued discussions with White House staff seeking additional clarification on the guidance issued last week that ensures that forestry employers have the opportunity to demonstrate that their work is in the national interest and qualifies for a national interest exception.
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