Jacob Minor | FRA Project and Communications Manager

Jacob Minor | FRA Project and Communications Manager

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced on October 12 that the first half of the FY 2022 cap of 33,000 visas was reached on September 30. This is the earliest that the H-2B cap has been met and is six-weeks sooner than the FY 2021 first half visas.

On Thursday, The Hill ran an op-ed by FRA President Deb Hawkinson. In the opinion piece titled, “Who is going to plant all those trees? --Thune's bill addresses multi-year tree planting backlog,” explores how several bills introduced this year address the need for increased tree planting but fail to address the dire labor shortages.

MFI is seeking a Chief Executive Vice President to serve as spokesperson, to recommend and implement policies and programs, and to provide leadership for MFI staff.

Forest2Market is seeking a Business Analyst with procurement forestry experience, supply chain expertise, strong analytic abilities, and solid project management skills.
The Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) application period ends on October 15, 2021. The PATHH program provides financial relief to timber harvesting and hauling businesses that experienced a 10% or greater loss of gross revenue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week, FRA held its first-ever Virtual Advocacy Day to brief and seek support from Members of Congress on our policy initiatives. By all measures, the Virtual Advocacy Day was a success.
The House Ways & Means Committee wrapped up a few marathon sessions this week, marking up its piece of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. 
The House Ways and Means Committee began a marathon markup yesterday on its portion of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
Yesterday, the House kicked off its march toward finalizing its $3.5 trillion spending and tax proposal with a virtual markup in the House Natural Resources Committee. The committee’s $31 billion energy and climate proposal is focused on the oil and gas industry and limiting energy production off of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, among other things, and does not address the forestry and forest products sector in any meaningful way.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive infrastructure package titled the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on a vote of 69-30. The bipartisan measure includes over a half-trillion dollars in spending on roads, ports, bridges, and rail, among other priorities.  
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