At this point in the 2024 election cycle, Joe Biden should be trying not to make any enemies.
But he’s doing just that with his latest action against American farmers.
And now American farmers are rightfully apoplectic over this secret Biden regime plan to replace them.
In a bold move that has Republicans up in arms, the Biden regime’s latest maneuver to reform the H-2A agricultural worker visa program is being slammed as a “giveaway to Big Labor.”
Critics argue it not only oversteps the Biden Department of Labor’s (DOL) authority, but also infringes on the property rights of farmers.
The battle lines are drawn with Republicans urging the regime to retract the proposed rule, citing concerns about its constitutionality and potential harm to the agricultural sector.
House Education and Workforce Committee Chair Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) have fired the first shots, vehemently opposing the rule in a letter to Acting Labor Department Secretary Julie Su – who the Senate has repeatedly refused to confirm, yet the Biden regime continues to unilaterally grant the power of the position in direct violation of the Constitution and rule of law.
Their primary contention is that the proposed rule goes beyond the Biden DOL’s authority and tips the scales in favor of left-wing labor unions, raising constitutional questions about its legitimacy.
The rule, unveiled in September, aims to address alleged worker abuse in the H-2A program, which issues temporary visas to foreign farmworkers.
Proponents argue that the changes enhance worker rights, allowing them to invite guests, including union officials, to employer-provided housing and meetings.
It also mandates employers to furnish worker lists upon request by labor organizations, touting this as a step toward transparency.
One of the contentious aspects of the rule is its immediate applicability of new wage rates, eliminating the previous weeks-long waiting period.
Safety concerns prompt the inclusion of seatbelts in employer-provided transportation to worksites.
The rule establishes stringent conditions for terminating an H-2A worker, further fueling the debate over its potential impact on farm operations.
Republicans argue that the union-centric provisions of the rule could be unconstitutional and may disrupt farm activities.
Reps. Foxx and Thompson contend that the Biden DOL lacks the authority to impose such mandates, and express concerns about the proposed information-sharing requirements with labor unions.
The heart of the Republicans’ objection lies in the perceived intrusion into farmers’ privacy, as they assert that the rule demands a detailed “wish-list” of personal information on workers within a one-week response time.
This includes names, dates of hire, job titles, work locations, personal contact details, and even messaging app profiles.
The Republican Members of Congress deem this an unnecessary and intrusive burden on employers, potentially harming both workers and the agricultural industry.
The insistence on specific criteria for terminating an H-2A worker for cause is another sore point for Republicans, who argue that it could impede necessary actions for safety reasons.
They contend that the proposed rule is overly burdensome, echoing concerns from the agricultural sector about potential disruptions and challenges in meeting its requirements.
Moreover, the tight time frame for employers to adjust wages after the publication of new wage rates is criticized as an “unnecessary change” that may prove challenging for employers to comply with effectively.
In their concluding stance, Foxx and Thompson call for the withdrawal of the proposed rule, urging the Biden Department of Labor to revisit the drawing board.
The clash between the Biden regime and Republicans over this controversial rule signals yet another battleground in the ongoing struggle for control and influence within American policy and governance.
The agricultural sector, a backbone of the nation, finds itself caught in the crossfire as the debate rages on.
US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.