IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 2, 2021
Mr. Tillis (for himself, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Cornyn, and Mr. Graham) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 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.
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.