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Goodlatte introduces new ag guestworker bill

New H-2C program would be administered by USDA and allows for use by year-round employees.

After months of discussion, House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) unveiled a bill Monday to create a new agricultural guestworker program. The Agricultural Guest Worker Act of 2017 (AG Act) replaces the H-2A program with a new H2-C program that allows for year-round employees and is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“For far too long, the broken H-2A guestworker program has buried American farmers in red tape and excessive costs without del

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