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H.R. 5887: Keep Food Local and Affordable Act of 2021

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 4, 2021 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 5887


November 4, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Rouzer, Mr. Posey, Mr. Upton, Mr. Huizenga, Ms. Salazar, Mr. Murphy of North Carolina, Mr. Moore of Alabama, Mrs. Cammack, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, Mr. Bishop of North Carolina, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Hudson, and Mr. Allen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To maintain 2021 H–2A adverse effect wage rates for calendar year 2022 to stabilize United States food prices.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Keep Food Local and Affordable Act of 2021.


Stay of adverse effect wage rate increases


Prohibition of modification

The adverse effect wage rate required to be paid under section 655.1308 of title 20, Code of Federal Regulations, to nonimmigrants admitted under 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a)), as in effect on October 1, 2021, shall remain the adverse effect wage rate for such employees through December 31, 2022, in any State—


that had an unemployment rate of not more than 5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August 2021 report; or


in which the Food Price Index, according to the relevant Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index reports, increased by more than 3 percent between December 2020 and September 2021; and


whose governor submits a request to the Secretary of Labor not later than December 15, 2021, to freeze such adverse effect wage rate with respect to such employees.