Industry Asks for H-2B Visa Program Support

Urgent Efforts Continue To Reinstate H-2B VISA Returning Worker Exemption

Contact: Joe Bacigalupo, NTRA Federal Legislative Affairs, (859) 422-2677,


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Monday, December 5, 2016) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution that is being drafted to fund the federal government through March 31, 2017.

H-2B visas are used by employers to fill temporary, non-agricultural positions that they are unable to fill with domestic workers. Horse trainers and other industry participants use the H-2B visa program to hire grooms and other stable help. The H-2B visa program has an annual cap of 66,000 visas. Qualified workers who complied with past visa requirements and worked in the program during one of the preceding three years will be excluded from the cap through the returning worker exemption.

The NTRA asks industry members to contact Congressional leadership immediately and express the horse industry’s concerns and the need to reinstate the H-2B visa returning worker exemption.

Starting today, Dec. 5, industry stakeholders are urged to contact Sen. Mitch McConnell at 202-224-2541 or through Sen. McConnell’s email contact form and Rep. Hal Rogers at 202-225-4601 or through Rep. Rogers’ email contact form (limited to constituents) in Washington, D.C.  Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues.  Tell them Congress must understand that a failure to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption before March of next year will hurt horse racing and agriculture industries and result in the loss of critical jobs. You may use this same language in the message section of the email contact form.

For those with Twitter accounts, tweet #saveH2B to @SenateMajLdr and @RepHalRogers with the following message:  “Include H-2B returning worker exemption in CR-critical horse racing and agriculture jobs are at stake!”  In separate tweets with the same message, you may also consider tagging other members of Congress and @HouseAppropsGOP.

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