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H.R. 4479: Disaster Recovery Workforce Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 24, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4479


September 24, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To temporarily provide Commonwealth-only transitional worker permits for workers in construction occupations involved in disaster recovery, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Disaster Recovery Workforce Act.


Construction worker permits

Section 6(d)(3) of the Joint Resolution entitled A Joint Resolution to approve the Covenant To Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, and for other purposes (48 U.S.C. 1806) is amended by adding at the end the following:


Typhoon recovery


Permits for construction workers

Notwithstanding any numerical cap set forth in subparagraph (B) for each of fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall increase by 3,000, for each such fiscal year, the total number of aliens who may receive a permit under this section for Construction and Extraction Occupations (as defined by the Department of Labor as Standard Occupational Classification Group 47–0000).


Exception for construction workers

Subparagraph (D)(v) shall not apply to an alien who receives a permit described in clause (i) for any fiscal year described in such clause.