The American Horse Council (AHC) has submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) on a final interim H-2B temporary guest worker program rule (2015 rule). This 2015 rule is almost identical to a 2012 H-2B program rule that has been blocked by a federal court since its release and was opposed by the American Horse Council and other industries that rely on the H-2B program. The 2015 rule is currently in effect.
A broad range of speakers from the federal government and the horse industry addressed the American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum in Washington, DC on June 16. The theme of the forum was “Protecting and Promoting the Horse.” This year’s forum, sponsored by Luitpold, drew a crowd of about 175 and was held in conjunction with the AHC’s annual convention, which ran from June 14 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. “We were very pleased with the crowd and the presentations,” said AHC president Jay Hickey, “particularly the afternoon sessions which were very upbe
On June 25, 2015, The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Included in the bill are provisions that would block some of the harmful provisions in a just adopted federal rule regulating the H-2B temporary guest worker program. That rule was opposed by the American Horse Council and other industries that rely on the H-2B program.
Dr. Jerry Black was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Horse Council at the AHC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC on June 15. The AHC represents the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington.