Issue Updates
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:41

WSRI – FRA Transition Announcement

After 20 years of existence and for a variety of reasons, the Wood Supply Research Institute (WSRI) has decided that it is time to dissolve. The organization is transferring its assets and some of its mission to the Forest Resources Association (FRA). This move guarantees that WSRI’s research on the wood supply chain will not be lost.
Friday, 15 February 2019 16:31

Issue Update 2/14/2019

On February 14, the House and Senate passed the final spending bill for fiscal year 2019, which included funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Although a permanent fix for the H-2B visa cap was not included in the legislation, discretionary language which addresses the H-2B visa shortage for FY2019 was included.
Friday, 01 February 2019 12:24

Issue Update 2/1/19

URGENT: Contact your House and Senator Member and urge them to support a fix to the H-2B guestworker visa program.
Monday, 28 January 2019 10:47

FRA Policy Year in Review 2018

As we begin to focus on what opportunities are ahead in the new year and with the new Congress, FRA would like to take a brief look back over 2018 on the policy front. It was a year with several key issues relevant to the forest products industry coming together and remaining active at the end of the year. From continued guestworker visa reform efforts to ensure there are workers available to plant trees for a stable and sustainable fiber supply, opportunities to grow the industry’s footprint with the passage of the Farm Bill, and the continued focus to address transportation challenges, below are some of the key highlights.
Friday, 25 January 2019 13:23

Issue Update 1/25/19

FRA continues to work with the H-2B Coalition to increase the availability of H-2B visas. On January 23, in an effort led by Senator Tillis (R-NC) and Representative Harris (R-MD), a letter was delivered to House and Senate leadership requesting that any agreement ending the partial federal government shutdown include a legislative solution to the H-2B guestworker visa program.
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:50

Issue Update 1/18/19

Today marks Day 28 of the partial federal government shutdown. Congressional leadership has cancelled the scheduled recess for next week to ensure that principals are in town should negotiations materialize.
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:53

Issue Update 1/11/19

The partial government shutdown has officially reached the three week mark, tying the record for the longest federal government funding lapse in history.
Friday, 04 January 2019 12:17

Issue Update 12/21/18

While it appeared as late as yesterday that Congress and the President were in alignment on passing a short-term government funding measure—known as a Continuing Resolution or CR—and leaving town for the year, that scenario is now questionable.
Friday, 04 January 2019 09:29

Issue Update 1/4/19

Overwhelming demand for H-2B seasonal guest workers resulted in a system crash of the iCERT system which is currently inoperable. The Department of Labor has stated:
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:08

Issue Update 12/19/18

As we close out 2018 and reflect on the year, there is much for which to be thankful. On the public policy front this month alone, the wood products value chain gained some key wins with the passage of the Farm Bill.
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